10 Baseball Records Not Likely to be Broken Anytime Soon

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  1. Career batting average, .367: The infamous Ty Cobb has held this record since his retirement from the major leagues in 1928. Every now and then a modern player gets close to.400 for a season, but no one is likely to match Cobb’s lifetime achievement any time soon.
  2. Most home runs for a season, 73: The days of the steroids might be over. What with the scrutiny players are under nowadays for steroid use, it’s not likely this 2001 record by Barry Bonds will be reached again or broken. But who knows? Their might be some power slugger out there waiting in the minors.
  3. Most wins for a pitcher in a season, 60:Set by Charles Radbourn in 1884, this record is nearly impossible to ever be beaten unless the rules of baseball should change drastically. Since the live-ball era of baseball began in the 1920s, it’s difficult for a pitcher to get even more than 30 wins a season.
  4. Most strikeouts by a pitcher in a game, 21: Tom Cheney set this one back  1962 during a 16-inning game. It’s not impossible this record could be matched or beaten someday, but most starting pitchers just aren’t kept in the game that long, especially one that would run to 16 or more innings. Admittedly Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood have come close, each with 20 Ks.
  5. Career most hits, 4,256: Pete Rose holds this one since his retirement from baseball in 1989. Pete played baseball for 26 years, and few players last that long in the game. So, this is another we’re probably going to have for a long while.
  6. Most stolen bases in a season, 138: This is another one of those old records that will likely stay around forever because the rules and play of the game have changed so much since it was set. Hugh Nicol has the honor of holding this record since 1887.
  7. Lowest career ERA for a pitcher, 1.82: Ed Walsh has held this record since like forever. Unfortunately, the record is not considered official because the American League did not recognize ERA as an official statistic until 1913, and Walsh’s career was winding down by then.
  8. 2 grand slams in an inning:This is a fairly recent record, set in 1999 by Fernando Tatis. But the likelihood of this happening again has to be astronomical. The chances of one hitter getting two grand slams in a single inning? It’s got to be 5 trillion to one.
  9. Highest batting average for a season, .440: Hugh Duffy holds this one since the 1894 season. Again, with the game being so different now than it was back then, it’s not likely this record will be erased soon. Still, there are plenty of players who keep trying.
  10. Most career no-hitters, 7:Many consider Nolan Ryan to be the greatest pro baseball pitcher of all time, and it’s not surprising considering he holds a slew of records, including this one. He also has the most career strikeouts at 5,714.

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