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Ted Williams had his .406 batting average. Joe DiMaggio had his 56-game hitting streak. These are a couple of Major League Baseball’s timeless records. BoxScore Baseball also has single-season records that have withstood the test of time. On the back cover of our Owners Manual are our all-time record holders for our 11 statistical categories. Somewhat remarkably, none of these records have fallen in 8 years. Records may have been made to be broken, but in the case of these records that has not proven to be the case in a very long time.

Like the record book for Major League Baseball, the record book for BoxScore Baseball has been somewhat tarnished by performance enhancement drugs. The explosion of offensive numbers in the 90’s and early 2000’s caused the establishment of records that will probably never be broken. In 2000 the Diamond Gems owned by Todd Lammi had a batting average of .310 while scoring 1564 runs. Todd Lammi also built an Ultimate League powerhouse in 2004, the Gingerbread Men, that had an OPS of .894. And in 1999 the Vikings owned by Carl Isackson and Rick Nelson hit 476 home runs and had 1660 runs batted in. In the past dozen years, no team has really even come close to surpassing any of these records.

In 1992 the North Coast Kilbanes owned by Michael Hannum set the record for steals with 394. That record has now stood for 21 years and with the lack of running in today’s baseball I don’t see that record ever falling either.

As far as the pitching records, in 2005 the Splendid Splinters owned by Bob Macleod set the record for Wins with 149. In 1998 Aces of Clubs owned by Todd Lammi set the record for strikeouts with 1852. And in 1998 E.R.A.C. owned by Al Dubiel set the record for saves with 201.

To break the record for wins an owner would need his 10 pitchers to average 15 wins apiece. To break the strikeout record an owner would need his 10 pitchers to average over 180 strikeouts apiece. This is the reason I consider these 2 records to also be untouchable, just like all of the offensive records.

To break the saves record, assuming an owner had 4 closers, those closers would need to average over 50 saves apiece. Based on those numbers this record also seems safe, unless at some point some owner gets the notion to draft 6+ closers just to get his name in the record book. I doubt that will ever happen, but because it conceivably COULD happen, I am not willing to classify this record as unattainable like I would with the others previously mentioned.

In 2004 Shelby’s owned by Joe Gentry set the record for net wins with a mark of +75. That is just a ridiculously high number. Can you imagine a team with a pitching staff that was 75 games over .500? In 2013, no team in BoxScore Baseball was even 50 games over .500 and that was with Max Scherzer being +18 all by himself. This record also seems unreachable; however, since it did happen once it is not out of the question that it could happen again. There have been no rule changes in Major League Baseball that make it impossible to achieve. So while I am saying it is unlikely to ever be broken, I will not say it is impossible.

In 1992 Kenneth Porter’s Yankee squad set the ERA record at 2.68. This record has stood as long or longer than any of the other record in the history of BoxScore Baseball. But shockingly this is the record I am going to predict is the most likely to fall. If an owner stacks his team with the right group of pitchers I believe this record is breakable.

There are currently 9 ML pitchers who have made at least 3 starts and still have an ERA of under 2.00. And there are 12 pitchers who have made at least 2 starts who still have an ERA under 1.00. Leading the way is Yu Darvisch who has made 2 starts and is yet to give up a single earned run. I believe the pendulum in MLB has swung back towards pitching.

In BoxScore Baseball Team Cream owned by Malcom Kneen (and drafted by Scott Nadler) currently has an ERA of 1.61. I realize we are still only in April, but with a staff headed by Darvisch, Felix Hernandez, Gio Gonzalez, and Jose Fernandez, this is the kind of a team I could see making a run at the ERA record. I am not predicting this team will break the record, but I do feel like this team or a team like it could possibly do it.

Looking at all these numbers more closely, it becomes clearer why these records have stood for so long. Perhaps none of BoxScore Baseball’s current records will ever be broken. After all, none of them have been broken since back in 2005. True, 2.676 is a very low ERA. True, 21 years is a very long time for a record to stand. But if any of these records are ever to be broken, the ERA mark is the one I feel is the most attainable. It will be interesting to watch.

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