The MLB Records Considered Totally Unbeatable

The MLB Records Considered Totally Unbeatable

Records are there to be broken, or at least that’s what everyone believes. Some records are just too good and will probably never be broken barring some kind of miracle (or rule change). These MLB records are expected to stand the test of time and remain unbeaten forever.

Most career wins – Cy Young, 511

The record was set in 1911, and it doesn’t look like anyone is going to be challenging Young’s record. His nearest challenger is Walter Johnson on 417. Johnson is the only other player to break 400 career wins, but he retired in 1927. No one is close to Young, and unless the league doubles the number of games per season, his record looks safe.

Most consecutive no-hitters – Johnny Vander Meer, 2

To play an entire game as a pitcher and have none of your opponents hit a single shot is impressive. It’s almost impossible, but some have been able to do it once or twice. To do so in consecutive games is pretty much unheard of, except that one time it happened.

Johnny Vander Meer managed to follow up one no-hitter with another while playing for the Cincinnati Reds. The record was set in 1938, and it is considered to be one of the most unbreakable records in all of baseball.

Career no-hitters – Nolan Ryan, 7

Nolan Ryan managed seven no-hitters over his 27-year career from 1966 to 1993. Legendary Sandy Koufax is next on the list with four, and no other pitcher has ever thrown more than three no-hitters. There are only 38 players in the history of baseball to register two career no-hitters, so this record looks like it’s set to hang around for a while.

Most career at-bats and hits – Pete Rose, 14,053 and 4,256

No one is even close to touching either of his all-time records. Rose was at-bat 14,053 times, and his nearest challenger is over 1,000 away. The only player with a chance of getting close is Adrian Beltre, but the 39-year-old would need to come out of retirement and play another 10 seasons!

Rose’s hits record is a little closer, but his nearest rival Ty Cobb (who is 60 hits back) has long passed away. Active players are currently over 1,000 hits away and not likely to come anywhere near the 4,000 mark.

Most consecutive games played – Cal Ripken Jr., 2,632

For a player to beat Ripken Jr.’s record, they need to play all 162 games in a season for 16 years. Even then they would only be on 2,592 and need another 41 games the following season to beat his record. Lou Gehrig is the closest to Ripken’s record with 2,130, but only seven players have ever played more than 1,000 consecutive games. This record looks set for life.

These records will likely never be broken, keeping these players’ names in the record books. They took high levels of skill and a determination from the players to be at the top of their game for as long as possible.