After Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's all time home run record, it looks as though most all batting records are quite safe for the near future. I've checked out some record sources and I wonder what you all think about the possibility of any of these batting records ever being broken:
- 4 Home runs in a game. This has been accomplished 15 times in the major leagues, but nobody has ever hit 5.
- Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak. The closest anyone has ever come to this record since was the Hit King, Pete Rose who hit safely in 44 straight.
- Barry Bonds 232 walks in 2004. This one just flat out seems untouchable. He also was walked 196 times in 2002 and 177 times in 2001. The only other major leaguer in the same area code was Babe Ruth who walked 170 times in 1923.
- Before 1900, on 20 occasions a batter hit over .400 in a season. Since the turn of that century its happened only 13 other times and you have to go back 67 years to the last time it was done by Ted Williams who hit .406 in 1941. George Brett's .390 average in 1980 is the closest any player has come since then. After last night's game, Chipper Jones' average stood at .400 even.
- Six grand slam homers in a season. Its been accomplished twice...by Travis Hafner and Don Mattingly.
- Earl Webb hit 67 doubles in 1931 for the major league record. The closest modern day player to this record was Todd Helton who hit 59 in 2000.
- Pete Rose's record of 3,562 games played which is 254 more games than second place Carl Yastrzmski. Omar Vizquel is the closest active player to the record, yet he's still more than 900 games behind Rose and he's 41 years old.
- 262 hits in a season by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004 broke George Sisler's post 1900 record of 257. Other recent flings at this record are Wade Boggs with 240 hits in 1995 and Darrin Erstad with 240 in 2000.
- Hack Wilson holds the major league record for most RBI in a season with 191 in 1930 and Lou Gehrig set the AL record with 184 RBI the following season. Since the 1930's Manny Ramirez's 165 ribbies in 1999 came the closest.
- Chief Wilson's 36 triples in 1912 is perhaps one of the safest records for a hitter in MLB. The closest anyone has come to this record since 1925 was Curtis Granderson with 23 in 2007.
- Pete Rose's record if 4,256 lifetime hits looks safe for at least another generation. Omar Vizquel is the only current big leaguer with over 2600 hits (2616) and only Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Finley, Gary Sheffield, Luis Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez have over 2,500. At the advanced ages of all these players and every one of them on the decline, I doubt any of them will reach 3,000.
There are dozens of other records I could have posted, but none of us has time too read all that stuff. I didn't list all-time home runs because I honestly feel that Alex Rodriguez will pass Barry Bonds record before he retires as a very, very rich man.