Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form


Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

Career complete games probably takes the cake for me as far as records that will clearly never be broken.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

The use of pitcher has clearly changed over the years. A guy today hits 100 pitches and he is done. That obviously influenced the complete games as it does innings pitched.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

A reduction in the innings also means a reduction in strikeouts. CC Sabathia has already played for 13 seasons, is 33 years old, and is not even halfway to Nolan Ryan’s strikeout record.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

With the increasing bullpen emphasis, pitcher wins also matter much less in today’s game. When guys were throwing a complete game in 95% of their starts though, they got a lot more decisions.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

It also meant that they got many more losses, which is why Cy Young’s loss record will probably never be broken either. Ironically, to lose this many games means not that the pitcher has to be bad, but has to be good enough to hang around so long he can build up the loss tally.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

Of course if Young’s loss record is broken, he will no doubt hold on to his wins record much longer.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

Another change in pitchers has been the increase of the number of runs scored. It is unlikely we will ever see another pitcher with a sub-1 ERA over a whole season. Current pitchers are not necessarily less dominant, though, if we look at ERA+, which compares each ERA to the league average of the year many recent pitchers are in line with the historic seasons of Keefe and Leonard.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

Perhaps it’s not a real record category, but Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of throwing two consecutive no-hitters will be tough to beat. Unlike most of the other records, some which take decades to accomplish, this one only takes 18 innings. So I could potentially see someone tying this at some point, but three in a row? Good luck.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

On to offense, we find Dimaggio’s famed 56-game hit streak. Unlike the pitchers, there has not been a drastic change in how offensive players are used. So it may take a long time, but this one isn’t insurmountable.

Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form

Ichiro arrived in the US at age 27 and stole a career-high 56 bags during his rookie year. Had he started in MLB at age 21 and stole 56 every season until he turned 27, that would bring his current total to one more than Tim Raines for fourth all-time.

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6 responses to “Baseball's 'Unbreakable Records' in Graph Form”

  1. jelliebellie says:

    I have no idea what any of this means, but I appreciate bar graphs when I see them.

  2. Cambric says:

    Way to bring new fans to the baseball realm. Overwhelm them with graphs and stats.

  3. erikponty says:

    Don’t care about baseball or even understand what is good but +1 anway, want more of these for different sports.

  4. YellowSnowman says:

    I don’t follow baseball, but if we can accept hockey, I’ll be damned if we can’t accept this too!

  5. ghsdkgb says:

    but then I’m a math teacher so…

  6. PaintedSlate says:

    Man, people just don’t sport like they used to, amiright?

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