Posted by Andy on September 22, 2011
I did a little bit of manual searching to find out which players have appeared in all their team's games so far and thus have a chance to appear in all 162 this season.
Prince Fielder has appeared in all 156 of the Brewers' games.
Matt Kemp has appeared in all 154 of the Dodgers' games.
And that's it...
There's a slim chance that the Brewers could end up playing 163 games this year if they end up tied for the division, but that's not all that likely.
Here are all the players to appear in more than 162 games in a season:
There are a number of different ways that a player can reach more than 162 games. Here are a few examples from the above list:
- Maury Wills appeared in all of the Dodgers' games in 1962, and that included 3 extras because divisional ties used to be settled by a 3-game series instead of a single game playoff.
- In 1967, Cesar Tovar's Twins played in two tie games. Going by the rules of the day, the game stats themselves counted but the games were replayed in their entirety. Tovar appeared in all of them and thus ended up with 164 games.
- In 1979 Frank Taveras appeared in each of the Pirates' first 11 games and was then traded to the Mets. Because of a scheduling difference, the first game he appeared in for the Mets was only their 10th of the season. He went on to appear in all but one of the rest of the games of the season (he sat out team game #152) and the Mets also played an extra game thanks to a tie in May. So Taveras ended up with 164 games played that year, and could have topped 162 even without that tie game in May.
- There are many examples, such as Justin Morneau in 2008, of a player appearing in 163 games that include a 1-game playoff at the end of the season.