Records are meant to be broken, but not these weird MLB untouchables. See if you agree

In the millisecond before the hammer drops and another Major League Baseball record is tied or shattered, the noise is always the same: a still death rattle, silence coupled with an escalating heartbeat of the crowd.

We heard it on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge smashed in his 62st home run in Arlington off of Texas Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco, passing Roger Maris for the most single-season home runs in AL history. Even in enemy territory, the anticipation was eerily quiet — even as fans were just getting settled in their seats — followed by deafening roars. The hit came during Judge’s first at-bat of the second game of a double header at Globe Life Field.

Maris had held the record since 1961.

But what about the obscure baseball records — of which there are many — the ones that don’t create that nervous buzz?

Sure, every fan knows about Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak or Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 career strikeouts, but it’s the obtuse records that raise an eyebrow.

While perhaps not as glamorous, they are a heavy reminder that the game is forever evolving and that some records will likely remain frozen in baseball time.

Here are a few of the untouchables.

Jody Davis’ 89 baserunners caught stealing

Montreal Expos Tim Raines, left, slides home safely as Chicago Cubs catcher Jody Davis, right, snags a late throw during fifth inning action at Chicago, Sept. 13, 1981. Raines came home on a hit by Andre Dawson. The Expos won 10-6. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)
Montreal Expos Tim Raines, left, slides home safely as Chicago Cubs catcher Jody Davis, right, snags a late throw during fifth inning action at Chicago, Sept. 13, 1981. Raines came home on a hit by Andre Dawson. The Expos won 10-6. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)

In the 1980s, it was clear you didn’t want to be caught sleeping on catcher Jody Davis. Or, in this case, stealing on him. During his career, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves strong-arm tossed out 445 players attempting to steal a base, an average of 44.5 per season.

That doesn’t seem like much compared to leader Roy Campanella’s 57.40% rate, but in 1986, Davis blew the lid off the entire thing when he tossed out 89 runners in a single season, MLB.com reported.

Fernando Tatis hitting two grand slams in one inning

St. Louis Cardinals’ Fernando Tatis watches the flight of his home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, May 6, 1999 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The two-run shot was his 11th of the season. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Cardinals’ Fernando Tatis watches the flight of his home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, May 6, 1999 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The two-run shot was his 11th of the season. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)



St. Louis Cardinals fans know April 23 well.

It’s a celebrated date known as Fernando Tatis Day, which marks a dizzying feat no baseball fan will likely see in their lifetime again. It celebrates the day in 1999 when Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis hit — count them — two grand slams in not only one game, but in one inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both were hit off pitcher Chan Ho Park.

“What would it be comparable to?” Dodgers announcer Vin Scully said according to MLB.com. “I don’t know how you could compare it to anything. One inning is so preposterous.”

Shohei Ohtani’s 30-plus home runs, 10-plus pitching wins

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Japan’s starter Shohei Otani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball owners on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, have approved a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts in a move that allows bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Japan’s starter Shohei Otani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball owners on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, have approved a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts in a move that allows bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi, File)

Los Angeles Angels pitching and hitting phenomenon Shohei Ohtani has had himself a year, which includes taking a no-hid bid into eight innings on Sept. 30.

But the serious superlative hit on Aug. 31, when the two-way player became the first in major league history to hit 30-plus home runs and record 10-plus pitching wins in the same season when the Angels topped the Yankees 3-2 on Aug. 31.

With his most recent win, Ohtani has moved to 15 pitching wins, posted a 2.35 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 161 innings.

He’s also hitting .275/.358/.529 with 34 homers and 95 RBIs.

“I don’t even see that record happening unless he’s maybe inspiring that next generation of kids that believe they can be the next Shohei Ohtani and do both [pitching and hitting] and get to where he’s going,” Fox Sports host Alex Curry said of Ohtani. Right now, he is the record book, and he keeps creating his own records.”

Barry Bonds career 688 intentional walks

** FILE ** San Francisco Giants’ left fielder Barry Bonds looks at his image on an enlarged cover of The Sporting News prior to a news conference in this July 9, 1999 file photo, in San Francisco. The Sporting News named Bonds their “Player of the Decade” for the 1990’s. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
** FILE ** San Francisco Giants’ left fielder Barry Bonds looks at his image on an enlarged cover of The Sporting News prior to a news conference in this July 9, 1999 file photo, in San Francisco. The Sporting News named Bonds their “Player of the Decade” for the 1990’s. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

With all the Judge news darting around, one name that is being brought up is former San Francisco Giants powerhouse Barry Bonds. Yes, we all know the number attached to his name – 73. As in 73 home runs hit in a season during the PED era. But there’s also another number.

688.

As in 688 career intentional walks.

And 232 of those were in 2004 alone.

According to USA Today, chances are we won’t see a number that high in this day and age thanks to analytics, which have proved that intentional walks is a “bad strategy” in the game.

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina 325-start battery record

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright talk on the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, April 24, 2009, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright talk on the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, April 24, 2009, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

In September, one Cardinals duo made league history by making their 325th start together as batterymates — pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina. The duo’s first appearance together was way back in 2007.

“I think this record is pretty darn cool because I don’t see anyone coming close to touching it again,” Cards manager Oliver Marmol told MLB.com.

“When you can be in the record book and know that it’s never going to be touched, that’s pretty darn cool. Just to be able to have the career that Yadi’s had behind the plate with the same team -- that’s a lot of years catching. And then Waino, to be able to come close to matching those years … to get to 325, that’s a pretty cool record.”

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