Baseball is a game of numbers and milestones, be they admirable achievements or regrettable results.
Earlier today, I posted a piece that ranked the top 12 milestones likely to be reached in 2011. All of the featured players and their fans should be proud of these accomplishments that speak to their excellence over the course of their careers (http://bleacherreport.com/slideshow/627753/new).
On the other side of the diamond, if you will, is this companion piece which features 10 more dubious milestones that are also likely to be reached in 2011.
Granted, there are several very good players on this slideshow, at least a couple of whom are strong candidates for Cooperstown. That makes sense as one has to be a good batter to keep fanning at historic proportions, or a better-than-average pitcher to have the opportunity to uncork a ton of wild pitches or lose a bunch of ballgames.
The beauty of baseball is that the best players (and, in fairness, not all of these guys are great, except compared to me and you) learn to come to grips with their failures because baseball puts a premium on a positive attitudes and great resiliency.
Please join me on this slightly treacherous jog around the diamond in the following players’ honor.