Posted on: May 14, 2009 1:48 pm

These Baseball Streaks Will Never be Broken

After seeing Ryan Zimmerman's 30 game hitting streak broken last night, I decided to put together a list of baseball streaks I think will never be broken. I'm only going to list 10, so it's my top ten and my opinion. These are offensive stats only. I may look at pitching later. Have a look, and see what you think.

1. Joe Dimaggio - 56 Game hitting streak(1941) - it's been 30 years since anyone was in the 40s(Pete Rose 1978)

2. Ted Williams - 84 - Consecutive games reaching base(1949) - it's been 60 years, and no one has been close.

3. Joe Sewell - 115 - Consecutive games without a strikeout(1929) - with all the pitchers who are specialists, do you see this happening?

4. Ray Cullenbine - 22 - Consecutive games with a walk(1947) - I thought it would be Barry Bonds, but no.

5. Ray Grimes - 17 - Consecutive games with an RBI(1922) - are you kidding me???

6. Billy Hamilton - 24 - Consecutive games scoring one or more runs(1894) - this one is over 100 years old.

7. Ty Cobb - 23 - Consecutive seasons hitting .300 or better (1906 - 1928) (50 or more games) - hard enough to find someone who plays long enough for this one. This could be in the top 5.

8. Sam Crawford - 3 - Consecutive seasons with 20 or more triples(1912-1914) - This guy had to be a jackrabbit

9. Ted Williams - 17 - Consecutive seasons, .400 on-base percentage or better(1939 - 1958) - Teddy Ballgame had a great eye at the plate.

10. Joe Medwick - 7 - Consecutive seasons with 40 or more doubles(1933 - 1939) - Almost as scarey as the 20 triples.

Actually, some modern day players have some interesting streaks...Barry Bonds had slugging Pct. of .600 or better 7 consecutive seasons, but he may have used steroids during that period. Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners is poised to break the record for most consecutive seasons with 200 hits, all he has to do is get 200 this year, and he will be the record holder at 9.

Chipper Jones is tied for consecutive games with an extra base hit(14) and Bobby Abreu is tied with Frank Thomas for most consecutive seasons with 100 walks with 8. 

Well, this one has been fun for me, because I love statistics and I love seeing all of the streaks. It's amazing how many of these streaks have stood for so long. Let me know yours if you like, or make a comment.



Category: MLB
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:08 pm

Opening Day - MLB - Ya Gotta Love It

 Every spring, it seems the "so called" experts start out with picks for the MLB division crowns, wildcard teams, and eventual World Series winners. They even have it down to predicting who will win the MVP, Cy Young, and comeback player of the year awards.

Then comes opening day and the sportswriters, and bloggers, have a field day with everything that happens on opening day. OMG, the Yankees lost to the Orioles and C. C. Sabathia pitched a horrible game($300 million + down the drain), and Mark Teixeira went O fer. It's the end of the world.i

The Mets actually didn't blow a 1 run lead, and that's big news...they're the next World Champs. Are you kidding me?

And what about the Texas Rangers...Kevin Millwood outpitched Cliff Lee. And the Rangers pummeled the Indians pitchers.

So, what does it all mean? Well, for one day, the Orioles, Jays, Angels, Mariners, Rangers, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Cubs, Pirates, Dodgers and D-Backs - by winning - are all in first place. Plus, there are a couple of 0-0 Teams in first in the AL Central...White Sox and Royals, they were snowed/rained/or frozen out.

Stat people went crazy because two players for the D-Backs(Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark), each hit 2 home runs(one batting left, and one batting right). That was the first time in MLB history(when these stats were kept) that one person hit home runs from opposite sides of the plate on opening day, let alone two. I didn't know they kept stats like that...I wonder if there was a betting line on that happening. I'll bet there's one next year or even tomorrow in Vegas.

Truth is, I love baseball for this reason. It's like the economy...everyone is hopeful at the start. Your team may be in first place for a day, a week, who knows. But at the beginning of every season, we all have hope, that maybe our team can go all the way.

As a long suffering Phillies fan for many years(sorry I can't tell you how many years because it's embarrassing), I undertsand this sentiment. I've felt this sentiment, until the Phillies won their first World Series in 1980. And the way they won it, through the playoffs and the World Series, at times, it was excrutiating, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

So, in this time of economic trouble and disaster, let's look to the coming days, as ones of hope, and recovery for everyone. Hope for us, hope for our country, and hope for the world.





Category: MLB
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