As we head towards the conclusion of the regular MLB season
, it’s a good time to remember a few of the more notable records in Major League Baseball. It is also the perfect moment to honour the men who achieved these incredible feats. Who knows, maybe the Postseason action in 2019 will provide a few records of its own.
Before we get into the facts and figures, here is a fascinating fact for you. Major League Baseball may be the top tier of baseball in the USA and Canada but it really is a global showpiece.
Don’t believe me? Well statistics don’t lie. Right now, there are 251 international players plying their trade in the league. Put it a different way and more than 28 percent of pitchers, sluggers and fielders come from outside North America.
Hotchpotch of Cultures, Creeds and Nationalities
The MLB is a hotchpotch of cultures and creeds as 20 different countries and territories are represented in the league. Countries like the Dominican Republic, Lithuania, Aruba and Curacao have lent their athletic talent to the Mets, the Giants, the Orioles and the Red Sox.
There are players from Venezuela, Australia, Germany and the Netherlands. There is even a pitcher at the Atlanta Braves called Touki Toussaint who has a mixed bloodline. His mum Kahaso Kiti hails from Kenya while his dad Dany is of Haitian descent. If you think baseball is an all-American thing - think again!
Now back to the business of MLB records and the superheroes in socks:
Most Grand Slams in an Inning (2) - Fernando Tatis.
When he was third baseman for the St Louis Cardinals Fernando Tatis pulled off a once in a life time feat. He set an all-time MLB record for scoring eight runs batted in (RBIs).
His two grand slams against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Chan Ho Park in 1999 ensured that the Tatis name would be indelibly etched into the record books.
The man from the Dominican Republic had an outstanding ’99 season all round. He smashed 34 home runs and 107 RBIs, stole 21 bases and had a batting average of .298. For Tatis it was a golden year!
Most Strikeouts in a 9-Inning Game (20) - Max Scherzer
The power pitcher for the Washington Nationals, ‘Mad Max’ Scherzer was known for his awesome intensity. He was also the kind of guy who was always there and thereabouts when it came to all-time achievements.
Along with the strikeout record, which he tied with four other players, Scherzer matched the record for 250 strikeouts in five consecutive seasons. He was the sixth player in history to record two no-hitters in a season and the second player ever to strike out more than 200 batters in a season… over eight consecutive years!
With 2,649 strikeouts over his career this guy was lethal. He was a seven-time All-Star player, won the coveted Cy Young Award three times and ended his career with a 168-87 win-loss record.
Most Career Singles (3,215) and Most Career Hits (4,256) - Pete Rose
Pete Rose was one of the most versatile baseball players of all-time. As a specialist outfielder and
infielder for the Cincinnati Reds, the precociously talented switch hitter racked up five MLB records.
The man known as Charlie Hustle made 17 All-Star appearances, scooped up two Golden Glove Awards and three World Series. At the end of a career that spanned more than 20 years Rose had accumulated 160 home runs, 1,314 RBIs and a batting average of .303 - and that’s over and above his record-setting achievements!
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