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Reyes could have threatened the amrk but injuries got the better of him. If anything that goes to show how remarkable Henderson's achievement is. Early in his career, there was talk about Reyes potentially crossing the century mark for steals in one season. Henderson si all time great.


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When the Royals won the WS a couple years back with an excellent base running team, I thought steals might come back into fashion, but it looks more like an outlier than a trend.



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#6 The Hit King
 
Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's career record with his 4192 hit.

 

 

Rose ended his career with 4256. Like steals the aimed single is out of favor in the majors these days. Players and teams are so focused on gap hitting and launch angles. A bloop over the infielder's heads is undervalued. For that reason this record, like Rickey Henderson's may stand for a very time. The next closest active players are Ichiro Suzuki with 3089 and Albert Pujols with 3082. Suzuki is retiring after next week's opener in Japan. How much gas does Pujols have left? Not much. The active players on the all time 500 list are all well into their 30's. Elvis Andrus has 1558 and he's only 29. He might have a shot. 



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Rule changes coming this year and next: https://www.mlb.com/...b-rules-changes



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OK, this was f-----g funny!

 


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#5 Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Career HR Record

 



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#4 Barry Bonds Stands Alone

 

Bonds hits his 756th HR and breaks Hank Aaron's record. He ended his career with 762. This record could be broken. There are four players now who are of the right age and ability to challenge it. Giancarlo Stanton has the best shot. He's 28 and has 305. Mike Trout is 26 with 240. But staying healthy and avoiding decline is the key. Of course, Bonds did not do the latter without some "help" so if anything he did could be said to be tainted it would be this.

 


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Nothing Bonds did is 'tainted'. All drugs should be legal. Steroids don't make you great. Just ask all the players who take it but can't even get a hint of the majors. There was that one wannabe Tiger who got suspended multiple times and didn't accomplish crap. Bonds is pure talent. No different than a player popping pain pills or getting needles from team doctors so they can play. R00fles!

 

Bonds is arguably the best player ever. Certainly top 5 no doubt. And, probably the best player in any sport not to win a championship.


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Steroids didn't make him a great player. He did that himself. Steroids DID keep him playing the game longer than he likely would have otherwise. Records like this are about skill. But they are also about longevity. 



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#3 Roger Maris hits 61

 



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#2 McGwire hits 62
 
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa didn't just chase Maris's record of 61 home runs in 1998. There was so much animosity following the strike and cancelled World Series it would not be a stretch to say they saved baseball.

 



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#1 Barry Hits 71

 

Of all the records in sports the single season home run is the crown jewel. This is the one kids dream of breaking. Since 1927 only four men have held it. As important as the McGwire/Sosa chase was to baseball at the time Bond's record breaking 2001 season was almost anti-climatic. For the life of me I will never understand why. 73 HR is a monster season. Most Career HR and Single Season HR from one player. He should be in the HoF. 

 

 

Tomorrow morning at 0400 Central time there will be a real baseball. A's vs Mariners in Tokyo. I'll be watching!



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Jim Rice once saved a child's life in the stands.

 



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Ichiro Suzuki will announce his retirement after the game in Tokyo today. It's tied at 4 runs a piece in the 11th as I write this. 

 

In other news Mike Trout signed the biggest contract in the history of sports. Good for him! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy or better player. 



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It seems the new trend is extension not free agents. Snell, Goldshmidt, Trout, Lowe, Arenado all signed extensions. Bleacher Report says Rendon, Gregorius, & Bogaerts are all talking to thir clubs (Yankees & Red Sox) about extensions. 



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The SK Wyvrens of the KBO (South Korea) did a virtual reality intro to their opening game. If you watched on TV or had the app in the park you saw this:

 

 

 

If someone had stood up and shouted FUS RO DAH I swear to God I'd have bought them a cold OB on the spot!

 

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My infallible predictions.

 

AL EAST

Boston

New York

Tamba Bay

Toronto

Baltimore

 

AL Central

Cleveland

Minnesota

Kansas City

Detroit

Chicago

 

AL West

Houston

Oakland

Anaheim

Seattle

Texas

 

NL East

Washington

Philadelphia

New York

Atlanta

Florida

 

NL Central

Chicago

Milwaukee

St. Louis

Cincinnati

Pittsburgh

 

NL West

Los Angeles

Colorado

San Diego

Arizona

San Francisco

 

AL MVP: Mike Trout

NL MVP: Bryce Harper

AL RoY: Yusei Kikuchi

NL RoY:  Chris Paddack

 

Dodgers over the Red Sox.


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The Al East is going to be crazy again. The Yankees have one of the best teams in the majors on paper, the Rays look really good, and, oh by the way, the Sawx are bringing back nearly the exact same team that just won it all and is arguably one of the greatest teams ever. We could be looking at 3 90+ win teams.

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The Al East is going to be crazy again. The Yankees have one of the best teams in the majors on paper, the Rays look really good, and, oh by the way, the Sawx are bringing back nearly the exact same team that just won it all and is arguably one of the greatest teams ever. We could be looking at 3 90+ win teams.

The sox have a much weaker bullpen than last year. If they have a weakness, that's it. 






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