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Will Ripken's streak stand forever? MLB's five most unbreakable records

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Will Ripken's streak stand forever? MLB's five most unbreakable records

Cal Ripken has held the consecutive game streak for 20 years, and he’ll hold it for at least 15 more. The current active leader in consecutive games played is Manny Machado, who hasn’t even played a full season.

Machado would play more than 15 consecutive seasons.

“It’s something I didn’t set out to do, and from where I sit, people say it’s an unbreakable record, but I did it. Because I did it, somebody else can do it. The set of circumstances and maybe how you evaluate an everyday player now might have change a little bit, but still there’s been plenty of guys that can play one season at 162,” Ripken said.

“It’s a streak of consecutive seasons playing 162. A lot of things have to go right. You have to be worthy about being in the lineup. I don’t look at it as that unbreakable record as everyone else does. Someone told me it was 56 years that Lou Gehrig had the record. That kind of blew me away. I didn’t know it was that long. Because it takes a while to get there. It takes 16, almost 17 years to get there, it’s going to last for a little while.”

What are records that are unlikely to be broken?

1) Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak

Since DiMaggio set the record in 1941, no one has come within 20 percent of it.

Pete Rose hit in 44 consecutive games in 1978, and no one has topped 40 since then.

The media attention combined with top shelf relievers would make it nearly impossible for someone to hit in 40, 50 or 60 straight games.

2) Pete Rose’s 4,256 hits

Rose played until he was 45, and few players can be counted on to play 24 years. Economically, most teams don’t want part-time players who will make huge salaries, and in his last few years, Rose was a player-manager.

That may never happen again.

Since Rose retired as a player in 1986, three years before his banishment, Derek Jeter had the most hits, and he was still nearly 800 short of Rose.

Alex Rodriguez passed 3,000 hits this season, but he was just 40, and he would have to play several more years to even equal Jeter.

3) Randy Johnson’s 303 wins

Of course, Johnson’s wins are a record, but Cy Young’s 511 wins were achieved in a far different time.

Johnson was the 10th 300-game winner in the 27 years ending in 2009.

It may take that long for another pitcher to win 300.

Tim Hudson is the current active leader with 220. Bartolo Colon has 216, but they’re 39 and 42 respectively.

The next two pitchers, Mark Buehrle and CC Sabathia have 213 and 212. Buehrle would seem to have the best shot, but he’s 36.

In his 16-year career, Buehrle has averaged 14 wins a season. In order to win 300, Buehrle must average 14 wins until he’s 43.

Felix Hernandez has 140 wins at 29, but until he reaches 200, it’s way too soon to think about it.

4) Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs

During a discussion of Ripken’s consecutive games streak this week, Buck Showalter mentioned Wilson’s 191 RBIs, hit in 1930 as an especially impressive one.

Since 1940, only two players, Manny Ramirez (165 in 1999) and Sammy Sosa (160 in 2001), have averaged an RBI per game.
It’s not a record that’s talked about as often as the others, but it should be.

5) Ripken’s 2,632 game streak

Ripken’s explanation of his streak as a series of 162 game runs is accurate, but with only one player, Machado, having a chance to achieve that this season, it seems incredibly unlikely that someone will do it.

Some criticized the streak as selfish. Showalter rightly pointed out that Ripken at 80 percent would be better than most players at 100 percent.

Would Ripken have been better had he taken a game or two or a month? I don’t think so.

He was an excellent defender, and because he was able to play under adverse circumstances, he inspired teammates to do the same.

Even though it wasn’t so long ago when he played, scrutiny of players is greater than it was 20 years later, and if someone played in even 1,000 consecutive games, Ripken’s streak would be thrown in their face every day.

Perhaps a generation from now, an excellent player will be good enough to play 162 games a year for 15 years. I’d like to see him, but I doubt that I will.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm