One of MLB Network’s featured programs, Prime 9, airs Monday nights at 8:00pm and 8:30pm ET. Prime 9, created and produced by MLB Productions, is a countdown program that breaks down the all-time top nine in a variety of categories, such as all-time rookie seasons and greatest hitting seasons of all-time, last week’s episodes.
Since Prime 9 is designed to start arguments – not end them – we wanted to give you a sneak peak into the next two episodes, airing on January 26.
Also attached is a video clip previewing Monday’s episode of the Top-9 Unbreakable Records, courtesy of MLB Network.
How should they be ranked? And who should be on the list that didn’t make the cut?
At 8:00 p.m. ET:
Prime 9 Top-9 Unbreakable Records (in alphabetical order):
Joe DiMaggio – 56-game hitting streak in 1941 for the New York Yankees (Willie Keeler places second with a 45-game hitting streak).
Eric Gagne – 84 straight saves for the Dodgers in 2004-05 (Tom Gordon places second with 54 straight saves for Boston from April 19, 1998 – June 5, 1999).
Rickey Henderson – 1,406 career stolen bases (Lou Brock places second with 938).
Cal Ripken, Jr. – 2,632 straight games played (Lou Gehrig places second with 2,130).
Pete Rose – 4,256 career hits (Ty Cobb places second with 4,189).
Nolan Ryan – 5,714 career strikeouts (Randy Johnson places second, beginning the 2009 season with 4,789).
Hack Wilson – 191 RBI in 1930 for the Chicago Cubs (Lou Gehrig places second with 184 with the New York Yankees in 1931).
NY Yankees – Five straight World Series titles (Most since has been three straight: Oakland in 72-74 and Yankees in 98-00).
Cy Young – 511 career wins (Walter Johnson places second with 417 wins).
At 8:30 p.m. ET:
Prime 9 Top-9 Shortstops of All-Time (in alphabetical order):
Luke Appling – In 20 seasons for the Chicago White Sox, the Hall of Famer had seven All-Star appearances and won two batting titles (including .388 in 1936), finishing his career with over 2,700 hits.
Ernie Banks – Banks won consecutive MVP Awards while playing SS for the Chicago Cubs (1958-59), played in 14 All-Star Games and finished his Hall of Fame career with 512 HR and 1636 RBI.
Derek Jeter – Playing exclusively at SS in his 14 year career for the New York Yankees, 1996 A.L. Rookie of the Year and 2000 All-Star Game MVP & 2000 World Series MVP Derek Jeter has made 9 All-Star appearances and won three consecutive Gold Glove awards (2004-06) to go along with his four World Series rings.
Barry Larkin – In 19 years as SS for the Cincinnati Reds, Larkin was the 1995 NL MVP, won three consecutive Gold Glove awards (1994-96), made 12 All-Star appearances and led the Reds to the 1990 World Series championship.
Cal Ripken, Jr. – Ripken’s record 2,632 games played streak included a record 8,243 consecutive innings early in his career. The Hall of Famer and 1982 A.L. Rookie of the Year won two consecutive gold gloves (1991-92) and two MVP awards, played in 19 All-Star Games consecutively from 1983-2001, and finished with 431 HR and 1695 RBI.
Alex Rodriguez – Before moving to third base, Rodriguez played 1,272 games at SS, hitting 345 home runs and winning consecutive Gold Glove awards (2002-03) to go along with the first of his three MVP awards (2003) and his first seven All-Star appearances.
Ozzie Smith – Won a record 13 consecutive Gold Glove awards (1980-92) with the Padres and Cardinals while helping the Cardinals reach the postseason four times and win the 1982 World Series; the Hall of Famer also finished with over 2,400 hits and 580 stolen bases.
Arky Vaughan – A nine-time All-Star with the Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers, the Hall of Famer had a career .318 batting average, leading the NL with a .385 average in 1935.
Honus Wagner – One of the original five players elected to the Hall of Fame, Wagner played 21 seasons, mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates, won 8 batting titles, and still ranks sixth all-time with 3,430 hits, third all-time with 252 triples and seventh all-time with 651 doubles.
Recap… All-Time Breakdowns from January 19 programming:
Top-9 Greatest Rookie Seasons of All-Time (in order from #1-9):
- Jackie Robinson, 1947
- Ted Williams, 1939
- Albert Pujols, 2001
- Fernando Valenzuela, 1981
- Fred Lynn, 1975
- Ichiro Suzuki, 2001
- Joe DiMaggio, 1936
- Dwight Gooden, 1984
- Mike Piazza, 1993
Top-9 Greatest Hitting Season of All-Time (in order from #1-9):
- Babe Ruth, 1921
- Ted Williams, 1941
- Barry Bonds, 2002
- Rogers Hornsby, 1922
- Ty Cobb, 1911
- Mickey Mantle, 1956
- Lou Gehrig, 1927
- Honus Wagner, 1908
- Mike Piazza, 1997