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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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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

The Orioles got obliterated by the Yankees Tuesday night, losing the matchup 11-4.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

David Hess struggles against Yankees. The righty allowed eight hits – including a trio of home runs – while also walking four batters.

Stevie WIlkerson scored a three-run home run Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees.

YANKEES:

Gary Sanchez joined his teammate Gleyber Torres in terrorizing Orioles pitchers this season, scoring his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone.  

Domingo German allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five frames versus the Orioles on Tuesday to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  
Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 
Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium