As MLB heads into its traditional offseason, its most ardent fans reflect on the year that has been, trade rumors and other personnel issues over the winter, and a persevering sense of hope and anticipation of a promising 2012 baseball season.
Baseball is different than other sports—it is older and has a much richer history than both basketball and football.
No sport is quite as intellectual as baseball.
Baseball is a game of statistics, situations—sabermetrics.
Baseball celebrates the miraculous achievements of its past while perpetually watching and awaiting the extraordinary feats of the present.
While the NBA and NHL routinely play only half as many games as MLB—not in 2011-12, obviously—and the NFL plays nary one-tenth of the MLB schedule, it becomes apparent that baseball, unlike its professional brethren, relies on longevity, not temporary sparkle.
Baseball is accordingly a sport of streaks, stretches and spells. It is a sport where an impressive one game performance is daunted by a tenacious achievement weeks, months or even years in the making.
As baseball ventures into its offseason, it is time to reflect, review and remember the best of the best—MLB's all-time streaks and consecutive game records.
The streaks are presented in descending order, with the most difficult streak to break at the end of the slide show and the easiest streak to break at the beginning. I use the term "easiest" for illustration purposes only. None of these streaks are "easy" to break.