mclusky wrote:Phatferd wrote:This is hard. There are more than two out of that list that I think cannot be touched. I went with Complete Games and Cal Ripken. I just don't think that players are going to play for 18 seasons without having a day off or not getting injured. Managers are so afraid of losing their jobs they give their star players a day off here and there. Plus they are making tens of millions of dollars a year and they can't afford to go down to injury.
What's funny is that this is exactly the same argument that people used to make when arguing that Lou Gehrig's record was unbreakable, except put "millions" in place of "tens of millions."
I understand what you're saying, but Ripken shattered his record. He played about 5 more seasons worth of games than Gehrig. Things happen to people over the course of 18 years. Look it happened to Gehrig himself. I just don't think we are going to see anyone else come close to it. I could be wrong, I just don't see it happening in this day and age. Ripken played baseball in a different era (just before specialization took over) and when it did he was so far into his own streak that he was an exception to the rule.