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There are numerous offensive records in baseball which have stood the test of time. From Hack Wilson's (pictured above left) 191 RBIs in 1930 to Earl Webb's 67 doubles in 1931 -- there are records which are going to be incredibly tough to break with how the modern game is set up.

Which of the old offensive records in the Major League's major offensive stat categories will likely last the longest? Vote for one of the four major categories above and let us know any others you think will be impossible to break!

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# 1 SVCbearcat10 @ 04/22/14 03:38 PM
I'm going with the .440 average. It's harder to hit for a high average with the use of bullpens today and specialist pitchers. Back then, the starter was never pulled.
 
# 2 Cod @ 04/22/14 03:39 PM
Nobody currently playing will come close to batting .400 for a season. Tony Gwynn was the last pure-hitter that could have made it happen, but he feel short (he hit like .394 in the early 90s I think).

I'm curious why you didn't include Cal Ripken Jr's consecutive games streak or Ricky Henderson's single season stolen base record. Those are two records that will never be broken.

EDIT: Yes, I know Ricky isn't technically first, but stealing 138 bases in the late 1800s is nothing compared to when Ricky did it.
 
# 3 tbook24 @ 04/22/14 03:44 PM
Rickey Henderson's 130 stolen bases in a year thats almost a base a game which means you have to be on base enough to even get a crack at 130
 
# 4 DracoAres @ 04/22/14 03:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cod
Nobody currently playing will come close to batting .400 for a season. Tony Gwynn was the last pure-hitter that could have made it happen, but he feel short (he hit like .394 in the early 90s I think).

I'm curious why you didn't include Cal Ripken Jr's consecutive games streak or Ricky Henderson's single season stolen base record. Those are two records that will never be broken.

EDIT: Yes, I know Ricky isn't technically first, but stealing 138 bases in the late 1800s is nothing compared to when Ricky did it.
Ripken's consecutive game streak probably will never be threaten because there hasn't been a player with his type of dedication really. The man played hurt, sick, hell even the day his father died and not because he didn't care about his father but because he cared for his team and wanted to be there to help them succeed. There will probably never be another player that dedicated to a single team or to the game that much
 
# 5 MMChrisS @ 04/22/14 03:59 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cod
Nobody currently playing will come close to batting .400 for a season. Tony Gwynn was the last pure-hitter that could have made it happen, but he feel short (he hit like .394 in the early 90s I think).

I'm curious why you didn't include Cal Ripken Jr's consecutive games streak or Ricky Henderson's single season stolen base record. Those are two records that will never be broken.

EDIT: Yes, I know Ricky isn't technically first, but stealing 138 bases in the late 1800s is nothing compared to when Ricky did it.
Well Cal's streak wasn't offensive in nature and the stolen bases one...well I'm limited to just picking four for polls
 
# 6 charter04 @ 04/22/14 03:59 PM
no one will ever hit over .440 again.
 
# 7 Ghost Of The Year @ 04/22/14 04:56 PM
The only way the .440 average will be reached again is through a strike shortened season. The most likely way for the other three records to be broken is through expansion and lengthening the season lol
 
# 8 spitoon @ 04/22/14 05:37 PM
.440 will not be approached.

Having said that, all of those records are pretty insurmountable.
 
# 9 segafan5 @ 04/22/14 09:03 PM
When you consider WAR--wins above replacement--Ripken's streak was offensive. His streak will never ever be broken.

I'm biased as a lifelong Orioles fan though.
 
# 10 HozAndMoose @ 04/22/14 09:03 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by spitoon
.440 will not be approached.

Having said that, all of those records are pretty insurmountable.
67 doubles will go down. Sooner than later. Plenty of players have been on pace to do it well into a season. It will just take the one to maintain that pace.
 
# 11 Gleebo @ 04/22/14 10:18 PM
Johnny Vander Meer's 2 consecutive no hitters (single season)will never be broken...or even tied for that matter.
 
# 12 nuckles2k2 @ 04/22/14 10:33 PM
I was gonna vote for the .440 because c'mon...that's not happening again...but I had to vote for the 191 RBI. I almost chuckled when I thought about the prospects of someone being within 10 rbi away from 200 again...that's nonsense.
 
# 13 willcoll @ 04/22/14 11:01 PM
What about 138 Stolen Bases by Huhg Nicoli in 1887? Tell me someone is ever going to break that
 
# 14 BA2929 @ 04/23/14 01:55 AM
I voted for .440, but I see that going down easier than DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak. I mean, Pete Rose got the closest out of anyone the last 90 years and he was STILL 12 games short.

Nobody is beating that.

Nobody has even gotten to 40 since 1978 for Pete's sake.
 
# 15 thesportsguru11 @ 04/23/14 05:28 AM
.440 average will never be approached.

Closest I can remember someone getting was when Todd Helton hit .400 for most of 2000, then slumped down to .372. Considering the amazing pitchers and bullpens we have, this one is pretty much safe until the end of time.
 
# 16 jmaj315 @ 04/23/14 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Gleebo
Johnny Vander Meer's 2 consecutive no hitters (single season)will never be broken...or even tied for that matter.
Never say never

Quote:
Originally Posted by BA2929
I voted for .440, but I see that going down easier than DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak. I mean, Pete Rose got the closest out of anyone the last 90 years and he was STILL 12 games short.

Nobody is beating that.

Nobody has even gotten to 40 since 1978 for Pete's sake.
Nice little pun there
 
# 17 puppies_on_acid @ 04/23/14 10:21 AM
I can think of a couple more that will never be broken.

Chief Wilson's 36 Triples
Billy Hamilton's 198 Runs scored
 

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