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Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Posted on: June 19, 2008 11:37 am
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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.

 

 

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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 7:23 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Ah - good to see Nomar being remembered for being something other than Mia Hamm's boy toy :)

Great research as always Kid - you are da man.

Only 2 HOFers in the list.  Hard to believe some of the greats never did it.  Then again, the greats never got a 2nd pitch to hit after the first granny.

Peace



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2008 3:39 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Wasn't there a Reds pitcher, I want to say Cloninger, back in the 60's that hit two grand slams in one game?  A pitcher!

Here's the list of all 12 players who have hit 2 grand slams in one game.  Cloninger is the only pitcher to have accomplished the feat.


 

The following players hit :

  • , May 24, 1936
  • , July 4, 1939
  • , July 27, 1946
  • , May 9, 1961
  • , July 3, 1966
  • , June 24, 1968
  • , June 26, 1970
  • , September 4, 1995
  • , August 14, 1998
  • , April 23, 1999
  • , May 10, 1999
  • , July 29, 2003

Tatis hit his grand slams in the same inning. One of Tabor's grand slams was an inside the park grand slam.  Garciaparra is the only one who hit his at his home park.  Bill Mueller is the only one who hit one from each side of the plate and he also added a solo home run in that game. 




Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2008 6:47 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Here's a record that I bet will never be broken:

Wasn't there a Reds pitcher, I want to say Cloninger, back in the 60's that hit two grand slams in one game?  A pitcher!

If I knew how to Google, I'd get my facts straight.

Another one I was thinking about.  Placido Polaco going an entire year without making an error.  Amazing.

Peace



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2008 12:39 am
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Hi Kid! Ok heres my take on it. The guy who hits in more than 56 straight also finishes over 400 in BA.  Records are made to be broken. The only ones I would say will stand forever is Ryans K's and Cal's consecutive games. JMO.............Casey and God Bless your typing skills!!! Oh and that guy that that hit's 400? I hope he's my Grandson!!.........Yours in Baseball........Casey



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2008 7:12 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

How many did George have when he hit .390?  I remember he missed about 30-40 games that year with various ailments, how close was he to the minimum 502 plate appearances - it would have to be close.

Hubie

It was indeed very close.  In 1980 Brett had 515 plate appearances...449 AB, 58 walks, 7 sacrifice flies and was hit by a pitch once.   




Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2008 6:19 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

See Kid, that's why you're da Dude - you remembered that 94 was a strike shortened season, I thought that Tony Gwynn had enough plate appearances to qualify.  You proved he did not.

How many did George have when he hit .390?  I remember he missed about 30-40 games that year with various ailments, how close was he to the minimum 502 plate appearances - it would have to be close.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2008 3:10 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

If Josh Hamilton keeps on that streak, he will at least tie the grand slams in a season. If he hits one each month he will break the record altogether. The .400 hitting average is more likely, in my opinion. Would be great to see Josh Hamilton break that record and Chipper Jones hit .400 this year. There would be your 2008 AL and NL MVPs.

Once Alex Rodriguez takes the Home Run Title away from Barry Bonds, we can finally move foward and declare the Steroids Era and all it's ways history. Probably will have to wait till somewhere in the years of 2010-2012. Until than Barry Bonds is staticially still the Home Run King, and Hank Aaron stills, rightfully, holds the title of Home Run King.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2008 12:12 pm
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Thanks Kiddude, I was wrong with the White Sox, oh well! I'll never forget it was the Indians now!



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2008 6:35 am
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

Josh Hamilton has 2 Grand Slams in 2008.

5/27/08 @ the Rays and 4/30/08 vs. Royals.




Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2008 5:52 am
 

Are Any of These Batting Records Breakable?

I always believed that the 56 game hit streak may be the hardest to repeat.

Think how often a player hits safely in even 15 games....Not that often

How about 20 games?.......less often

Well, he's have to do the 20 game hit streak after hitting safely in 15 consecutive games and on top of that hit safely in another 21 !!!

So much has to go into it, it's not a one game fluke. You'll need to be a great hitter and have a lot of luck too...

That's just my 2 cents...

Great job again, KidDude.



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