Here’s a tidbit from Philadelphia Inquirer baseball writer Todd Zolecki that will put Cal Ripken’s consecutive games played streak in perspective:
Ryan Howard has played in 222 consecutive games, which is the longest current streak in the majors. Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is second at 192 consecutive games. Howard’s streak began May 25, 2007, after he came off the disabled list.
That’s right, the active player with the most consecutive games played started his streak last season. Ripken, on the other hand, played in a record 2,632 straight games spanning sixteen seasons, from May 30, 1982 to September 20, 1998. Moreover, From June 5, 1982 to September 14, 1987, Ripken played 8,243 consecutive innings, which is believed to be a record. I don’t know how many consecutive innings Howard has played, but I know he wasn’t in the starting lineup when I went to see the Phils play the D-Backs two months ago. So it can’t be that many.
Will anybody ever break Ripken’s record? Maybe. But it won’t be anytime soon.