Sep 26, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Every year, Major League Baseball history becomes richer. Franchises become older and records get broken. Whether it is a storied franchise that has had a player spend most of his time there, or a franchise that hasn’t been around long that has its numbers bumped by a superstar. There seems to be a record broken every year either at the league or franchise level, which makes the game exciting.
With baseball’s rich history, being the one to set a record is always impressive. If a player is a franchise leader in a big time category, usually they are considered great. While not all teams have the history that the Yankees, Red Sox, or Cardinals do, they still have had great players come through their organization. The Arizona Diamondbacks have only been around since 1998, but already have their cap on a Hall of Fame plaque (Randy Johnson), and have a chance to be on another (Curt Schilling). Record breakers come from all franchises and some set the bar high.
As for league records, those are harder to break. They require skill, but more importantly longevity. Almost all record holders in Major League Baseball have had long and productive careers. There are players who have those credentials in today’s game and they have the chance to break some records in the near future.
With a historic season in 2016, 2017 is shaping up to be historic too. Players are closer to breaking some records that have stood for a long time. There are also records that haven’t stood for very long that will be broken by some of today’s superstars. Either way, it is history being made and that is what makes baseball both exciting and beautiful. Here are the records that could fall this season and the players that could make history by becoming the best in those respective categories.
Aug 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Giancarlo Stanton has made a name for himself in Miami. He is a three-time All Star and has already become the Marlins’ all time home run leader with just seven seasons under his belt. He is signed through 2027, with an option for 2028, after signing a 13-year, $325 million contract to stay in Miami. If he stays healthy, there is a good chance Stanton will stand in the Marlins record books for years to come.
The Marlins have had some good hitters in their short history. Lowell, Jeff Conine, Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera have all donned a Marlins uniform at one point in time. Stanton has surpassed all of them in most categories, which shows how accomplished he is. At only 27 years of age, he will be a force in the Miami lineup for years to come. With the numbers he has already put up, he will surely make the Marlins record book incredibly hard to rewrite.
Since 2004, David Wright has been the face of the New York Mets. He has made seven All Star appearances and has been given the title of the team’s captain. It is only fitting that Wright is the Mets’ record holder in runs batted in, hits, and runs scored. Wright has played 13 seasons in a Mets uniform, which is a sign of dedication to the only franchise he knows.
Oct 17, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (left) hits a single against Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (right) during the third inning in game three of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Bautista has made a name for himself north of the border after bouncing around the league. Since coming to Toronto in 2008, Bautista has hit 265 home runs, driven in 701 runs and racked up 984 hits. His career went from below average to MVP-caliber seemingly overnight. Ever since his breakout year in 2010 where he hit 54 home runs, he has continued to mash and build his resume.
Aug 23, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) at bat against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Longoria: Most Hits, Runs Scored, At Bats, and Walks in Tampa Bay Rays History
The Tampa Bay Rays are one of baseball’s two youngest franchises, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks, so there is not much history when it comes to this ball club. While the Diamondbacks have had success as a team and with certain players in their history, the Rays have had very little to work with. Evan Longoria is by far the best player in Rays history. He is the all time Rays leader in home runs, runs batted in, and games played already. This year, he can write his name a few more times in the Rays record books.
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) of the New York Mets during the All Star Game home run derby at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Bartolo Colon: Most Wins By a Latin American Born Player and Most Teams Played For By A Pitcher With At Least 2,500 Strikeouts in MLB History
Finally, we get to league-wide records that could be broken. The two that could be broken this year are both in the sights of Bartolo Colon. Yes, “Big Sexy” is closing in on some Major League history. With his longevity, Colon is about to catapult himself into some big time company. He could become the Latin American born pitcher with the most wins and the pitcher with at least 2,500 strikeouts who has played with for the most teams.