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Top 10 Unbreakable MLB Records

Updated on January 24, 2016

10. Mariano Rivera Career Saves

Mariano Rivera had 652 career saves over his 19 year career. Mariano Rivera is one of only two pitchers to have 600+ career saves, and he is also one of only five pitchers to have 400 or more saves. Since saves became an official stat for the MLB in 1969, only 26 pitchers ever have at least 300 saves and of them only 3 are active. The closest active player to Mariano Rivera is Joe Nathan with 354 career saves. Mariano Rivera averaged about 34 saves per years, and he is one of five pitchers to have 400 or more saves.

The quickest pitcher to reach 300 saves is Mariano Rivera. It took him 537 games to reach 300 saves, but the second place is in 552 games, which is tied between two pitchers, Jonathan Papelbon and Trevor Hoffman. Trevor Hoffman is second on the list of all time saves with 601 career saves. Jonathan Papelbon is the most recent pitcher to reach 300 career wins, but he only average 30 saves a seasons as opposed to Mariano Rivera's 34 saves a season. Joe Nathan has an even lower average with an average of only 25 saves a season. It doesn't look like anyone will ever surpass Mariano Rivera career saves record.

Ichiro Playing in Seattle

Ichiro played for the Seattle Mariners and currently plays for the New York Yankees.
Ichiro played for the Seattle Mariners and currently plays for the New York Yankees. | Source

9. Ichiro Single Season Hits

Ichiro had 262 hits in 2004 and the closest someone else has ever come to that since then was Michael Young with 221 hits in 2005. Ichiro had better seasons than Michael Young does. Besides Irchiro, only two hitters have 220+ hits and those are Juan Pierre with 221 hits in 2004 and Michael Young with 221 hits in 2005. Ichiro is definitely a contact hitter and he is a well respected hitter. Each and every year pitchers try to figure out a way to stop him, but they always fail in doing so. Ichiro is very famous in his home country of Japan, and he is viewed as a hero and a celebrity.

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8. Ricky Henderson Single Season Steals

Rickey Henderson stole 130 bases in 149 games. He stole a base in 87% of his games. The trickiest part about the record could possibly be the fact that he had to get on base first, so that he could have a chance of stealing a base. Rickey Henderson either had to be walked, get a hit, or whatever other way he could reach base. The most bases stolen in one season since then was Vince Coleman in 1985, but he had 110 steals. Baseball is turning into a power league rather than the speed and contact league it once was. Every player today is able to hit home runs, even pitchers. Coaches are not willing to risk an out on the base paths, especially if players can turn the game around by hitting a home run at any moment.

7. Nolan Ryan Career Strikeouts

Nolan Ryan has a career record 5,714 strikeouts. That is a staggering amount of strikeouts, especially when you consider the fact that the next closest person is Randy Johnson with 4,875. Nolan Ryan is obviously the only person with at least 5,000 strikeouts. He is also one of only four pitchers with over 4,000 strikeouts. Nolan Ryan is tied with Randy Johnson for having six 300+ strikeout seasons, which is good enough for first place. Nolan Ryan also has the most 100+ strikeout seasons and the most 200+ strikeout seasons. During his career, Nolan Ryan averaged an impressive 212 strikeouts a season.

Rickey Henderson Breaking the Career Stolen Bases Record

This photo is of Rickey Henderson as he picks up the base he stole to break Lou Brock's previous record of 938 career steals.
This photo is of Rickey Henderson as he picks up the base he stole to break Lou Brock's previous record of 938 career steals. | Source

6. Rickey Henderson Career Steals

Rickey Henderson has run almost 24 miles over his career just while stealing bases. Rickey Henderson stole 1,406 bases in his 25 year career. No other player has more than 1,000, and the next closest person is almost 500 stolen bases away. Rickey Henderson was a base-stealing machine. Think about this, for Rickey Henderson to have a chance to steal a base, he would have to get on base first, whether that would be a walk, hit, hit by pitch, or any other way of getting to first base. That in itself is pretty extraordinary. Rickey Henderson is also one of only two players to have three 100+ stolen base seasons.

The leader in steals in the league over the last ten years averages about 59 steals, but Rickey Henderson averaged about 56 steals every year. So for a player to beat his record, they would need to average 60 steals every year for almost 24 years. In the last ten years, only eleven players have stolen at least 60 bases. A player would need to do that consistently for more than 20 years before they would have a chance of breaking Rickey Henderson's record.

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5. Joe DiMaggio Consecutive Hit-Streak

Joe DiMaggio went 56 consecutive games with a hit and after his streak was snapped he went another 16 consecutive games with a hit, therefore he went 72 of 73 consecutive games with a hit. Joe DiMaggio's record has stood for more than 70 years, and the closest anyone has ever come to breaking his record is Pete Rose with a 44 consecutive game hitting streak back in 1978. Only five people have a hit streak of more than 40 games, and only one person has a hit streak greater than 50 games and that is Joe DiMaggio.


Nolan Ryan in 1990

Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in the MLB and played for 4 different teams and of the teams he played for 3 of them retired his number.
Nolan Ryan played 27 seasons in the MLB and played for 4 different teams and of the teams he played for 3 of them retired his number. | Source

4. Nolan Ryan Career No-Hitters

Nolan Ryan has seven career no-hitters, and the next closest is Sandy Koufax with four. Only three people have at least three no-hitters, and only three active pitchers have thrown two no-hitters. Nolan Ryan also has 12 one-hitters, and he has 18 two-hitters. No-Hitters are such a rare sports occurrence and it takes tremendous skill to go for 27 outs and not allow a single hit. There have only been 33 no-hitters since 2000. Nolan Ryan threw his last no-hitter when he was 44 years old, which makes him the oldest person to ever throw a no-hitter. He also threw his first two no-hitters within a month of each other and that is the second shortest time between two no-hitters.

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3. Cy Young Career Wins

Cy Young managed to win 511 games over his 22 year career. The Cy Young Award is named after Cy Young after, because of his great accomplishments as a pitcher. The Cy Young Award is given every year to a pitcher from the American League and the National League. Cy Young has almost 100 more wins than the next closest person on the list of career wins, and he also leads the next closest active pitcher by almost 300 wins. Cy Young had ten 20+ win seasons and five 30+ win seasons.

If a pitcher wins an average of 20 games every year, he would need to play for almost 26 seasons to break Cy Young's record of 511 career wins. Most pitchers aren't around for 26 years in the MLB. Some notable names to be around for at least 25 years are Nolan Ryan and Tommy John, but they only have 324 wins and 288 wins, respectively. The only way that i can imagine someone even coming close to Cy Young's record is if they are drafted out of high school at the age of 18 and play for 25 or more years and average 20 wins per season and can do this while being consistent and healthy.

Pete Rose

Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose played 24 seasons in the MLB and during his time playing he managed to find his way into the record books, by notching 4,256 hits over his career.
Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose played 24 seasons in the MLB and during his time playing he managed to find his way into the record books, by notching 4,256 hits over his career. | Source

2. Pete Rose Career Hits

Throughout his career, Pete Rose had 4,256 hits, which puts him in first place for most hits in a career. The next closest active person to Pete Rose's career hit record is Derek Jeter, but he is almost 800 hits shy of Pete Rose, as I type this article. The next closest person behind him is Alex Rodriguez, but he doesn't even have 3,000 hits yet. There is only one other player to have over 4,000 hits and that person is Ty Cobb.

Pete Rose played 24 seasons and he averaged 177 hits per season. Playing for 24 seasons is a long career, but to break Pete Rose's record a player would need to play for almost 21 seasons and average over 200 hits per season. Only two people have ten 200+ hit seasons, and those are Ichiro and Pete Rose. Pete Rose's record seems very hard to beat especially since only a handful of players get 200+ plus hits every year.

Cal Ripken

Cal "Iron Man" Ripken played his entire career for the Orioles.
Cal "Iron Man" Ripken played his entire career for the Orioles. | Source

1. Cal Ripken Consecutive Games Started

I found this article, and I think it perfectly describes how exciting it was to see Cal Ripken break Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played, so here it is.

But mostly, we'll remember an out-of-town writer who had arrived in Baltimore the morning of 2,131. He hadn't been a part of the anticipation of the three previous days, the unfurling of the countdown banner on the warehouse once each game became official.

"I don't feel it, I don't see it, I don't get it," the out-of-town writer said during the first inning.

"Wait until the fifth inning," he was told.

Before the last of the fifth inning, 2,131 was official, the banner was dropped and Cal Ripken, after much prodding, made a stirring jog around the park to Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time." He shook hands with fans, pointed at others because he knew them or their faces, patted his heart and hugged his wife and children. It was 22 minutes of joy.

After the fifth inning, the out-of-town writer, with tears in his eyes, said, "OK, I get it."
--Tim Kurkjian

Cal Ripken's streak took place over 16 seasons, and his streak started in 1982, and it ended in 1998. The most recent streak was Prince Fielder with 547 consecutive games played, but that is nowhere near where Cal Ripken was. For a player to beat Cal Ripken's record, he would need to play more than 16 seasons without missing a game, but most players don't last 16 seasons in the MLB, but then you also have to be healthy enough to play in every single game. There are only 7 players who have over 1,000 consecutive games played, and only 2 players with over 2,000 games played.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A lot of good records, but if you want to get literal, with current rules Cy Young's win record is untouchable.