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Longest tenure with one team, active players

Posted by Andy on August 3, 2008

Wow I found a really easy way to do this search. Batting Season Finder, sum over career, active players only, franchises played for = 1.

Here are the longest tenured guys:

  Cnt Player            **DbYr**  Tms From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+--------+----+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 John Smoltz         1988      1 1988 2008 21-41  720  1151   933   76  150  26   2   5   61   78   0  358   3 136   1  15    3   2  .161  .228  .209  .437 *1        ATL         
    2 Chipper Jones       1993      1 1993 2008 21-36 1984  8523  7215 1354 2234 441  35 404 1354 1211 130 1124  16   3  78 200  136  43  .310  .406  .548  .954 *57/6D9   ATL         
    3 Garret Anderson     1994      1 1994 2008 22-36 1967  8293  7812 1003 2313 479  34 268 1265  389 100 1094   6  12  74 174   77  46  .296  .327  .469  .796 *78D9     CAL-ANA-LAA 
    4 Derek Jeter         1995      1 1995 2008 21-34 1937  8881  7840 1440 2472 409  57 201  982  794  29 1345 136  70  41 187  270  72  .315  .386  .459  .845 *6/D      NYY         
    5 Jorge Posada        1995      1 1995 2008 23-36 1483  5874  4982  762 1379 317   9 221  883  790  67 1177  63   1  38 150   16  18  .277  .380  .477  .857 *2/D3     NYY         
    6 Mariano Rivera      1995      1 1995 2008 25-38  831     1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        NYY         
    7 Todd Helton         1997      1 1997 2008 23-34 1659  7114  5960 1143 1957 471  31 310 1116 1041 170  808  49   3  61 145   36  26  .328  .428  .574 1.002 *3/79D    COL         
    8 Jason Varitek       1997      1 1997 2008 25-36 1288  4887  4270  558 1126 262  13 156  642  510  49  986  51  19  37 115   25  17  .264  .347  .441  .788 *2/D      BOS         
    9 Eric Chavez         1998      1 1998 2008 20-30 1279  5251  4642  720 1247 273  20 229  776  556  67  884  13   0  40 106   47  17  .269  .346  .484  .830 *5/D673   OAK         
   10 Roy Halladay        1998      1 1998 2008 21-31  270    39    37    2    3   0   0   0    1    0   0   16   0   2   0   1    0   0  .081  .081  .081  .162 *1        TOR         
   11 Kerry Wood          1998      1 1998 2008 21-31  258   403   345   23   59   6   0   7   32   11   0  113   0  46   1   1    0   0  .171  .196  .249  .445 *1        CHC         
   12 Rick Ankiel         1999      1 1999 2008 19-28  195   673   607   97  165  30   4  35  107   53   2  150   3   4   6   9    3   1  .272  .330  .507  .837 *8/197    STL         
   13 Lance Berkman       1999      1 1999 2008 23-32 1318  5579  4627  869 1406 315  23 281  931  849 111  913  58   1  44  96   69  34  .304  .415  .564  .979 7398/D    HOU         
   14 Vernon Wells        1999      1 1999 2008 20-29 1034  4444  4077  601 1149 248  24 166  623  295  11  579  24   2  46 104   67  21  .282  .330  .477  .807 *8/9D     TOR         
   15 Mark Buehrle        2000      1 2000 2008 21-29  281    43    36    1    3   0   0   0    1    1   0   20   0   6   0   0    0   0  .083  .108  .083  .191 *1        CHW         
   16 Pat Burrell         2000      1 2000 2008 23-31 1256  5185  4360  638 1133 245  13 245  807  759  47 1226  26   0  40  96    5   1  .260  .370  .491  .861 *7/3D     PHI         
   17 Joe Crede           2000      1 2000 2008 22-30  791  2984  2743  348  708 142   3 125  421  169   5  401  36   8  28  63    4  12  .258  .307  .449  .756 *5/D6     CHW         
   18 Jimmy Rollins       2000      1 2000 2008 21-29 1199  5543  5057  819 1400 294  86 122  525  401  33  675  27  30  28  72  275  59  .277  .332  .441  .773 *6/4      PHI         
   19 Michael Young       2000      1 2000 2008 23-31 1166  5173  4759  713 1435 265  41 111  630  334   8  764  15  25  40 128   66  21  .302  .347  .444  .791 *64/D5    TEX         
   20 John Parrish        2000      1 2000 2007 22-29  154     1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        BAL         

Heh, through a statistical oddity, John Parrish makes this list despite having only 1 PA in his career. Interesting that of the top 6 guys, 2 are Braves and 3 are Yankees. The full list is here.

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10 Responses to “Longest tenure with one team, active players”

  1. Seems to ignore some AL pitchers. Wakefield has been with the Sox since 1995. How did Halladay wind up with a plate appearance that far back?

  2. This list is for guys with one team only in their entire career. Wakefield of course played for the Pirates. Guys not showing up here would include pitchers who have played in the AL and never had a PA.

  3. damthesehigheels Says:

    i'm confused about that john parrish? it says he's played for three teams.....

  4. spartanbill Says:

    I think the list picked up pitchers who only batted for one of their teams team. That would explain why John Parrish, Mike Koplove and Dontrelle Willis are on the list.

  5. Last summer I noticed that each of the 16 franchises that have been with us since 1901 has had a one-team player with a career of 18 years or more, except the Athletics. So far as I could tell, no one who played for the As only had a career longer than 13 years. Pete Suder and Eddie Rommel played 13 seasons each with the As, and none with any other team, and they are the record-holders.

    Eric Chavez is now in his 11th season with the As. He has a shot at becoming the As-only record guy, but he has to last three more years & not go to any other team.

  6. How about the 1995 Yankees debuting Jeter, Rivera, and Posada that season. I can't easily check it but has there ever been a better threesome that debuted at the same time?

  7. spartanbill Says:

    Schlom, Currently Psada Riviera and Jeter are in their 14th season or 42 combined years. I cant think of a threesome that has 42 years, .

    Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammel debuted in the same game 9-9-77 and played 19 and 20 years for DET. Lance Parrish debuted the same week in 1977 and played 10 years for DET, although is career took him to other teams after that, That's 49 years, but it doesn't meet the "whole career on one team" test.

    George Brett and Frank White debuted together and played 20 and 19 years for KC.

  8. schlom - If you're looking for a better threesome debuting, how about 3 HOFers:
    1925 was the debut season for Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove & Jimmie Foxx, all of the Phili A's.
    If you want the teams with 2 HOFers debuting here's the link. (Teams with non batting pitchers might be excluded.)
    http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/gmTb

  9. gogowhitesox Says:

    I realize this is an old post and not many will ever see this but a significant amount of players on this list have been with more than 1 organization. Including #1 John Smoltz who started in Detroit, also Sizemore and some others. These search parameters need some refining.

  10. gogowhitesox--we're talking tenure in the major leagues with one team. Smoltz never appeared in the big leagues with Detroit. Same goes for Sizemore.
    Yes, this list done not include only player who were drafted by the organization they eventually played with. You'd have to eliminate a bunch of players. But it does indeed show what I actually said it shows.