Cal Ripken Jr. shouldn’t be up nights, worrying about his place in baseball history or his spot in the record books.
When the former Orioles shortstop established his consecutive game record, playing in 2,632 consecutive games, it seemed obvious that he had set a mark that would never come close to being threatened, much less toppled.
Now, 20 years later, the record is completely unassailable. More and more, teams are realizing the value of rest and ensuring even the best players get some occasional time off.
In 2016, just 83 players in the majors appeared in 150 or more games. Last season, that number dropped further to just 59. And there’s a good chance that number will drop further in 2018.