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


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' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."