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Bouncing Around with Style

Posted by Raphy on December 25, 2008

When Mark Teixeira takes the field for the Yankees next season, he will be playing for his 4th franchise in 3 years. Since 1901, 43 Players (36 if you remove players with multiple overlapping seasons) have been on 4 franchises in 3 years while playing at least 400 games. Here is the list:

Player **OPS+** Tms G From To Ages Positions Teams
Cliff Floyd 142 4 403 2001 2003 28-30 *7/9D FLA-MON-BOS-NYM
Roy Cullenbine 137 4 415 1942 1944 28-30 *9/7538 WSH-SLB-NYY-CLE
Roy Cullenbine 137 4 410 1941 1943 27-29 79/358 SLB-WSH-NYY-CLE
Bobby Bonds 131 4 460 1977 1979 31-33 *9/D CAL-TEX-CHW-CLE
Jose Guillen 126 4 432 2003 2005 27-29 *97/D8 CIN-OAK-ANA-WSN
Ken Harrelson 126 4 419 1967 1969 25-27 *93/7 WSA-KCA-BOS-CLE
Dan McGann 121 4 405 1898 1900 26-28 *3/4 BLN-WHS-BRO-STL
David Segui 117 4 414 1998 2000 31-33 *3/D97 SEA-TOR-TEX-CLE
Todd Zeile 111 5 481 1996 1998 30-32 *5/3 PHI-BAL-LAD-FLA-TEX
Todd Zeile 109 4 467 1998 2000 32-34 *53/D LAD-FLA-TEX-NYM
Sammy Strang 109 4 410 1901 1903 24-26 *5/4896 NYG-CHC-CHW-BRO
Jose Cruz 107 5 426 2003 2005 29-31 *9/87 SFG-TBD-LAD-ARI-BOS
Willie Davis 106 4 445 1973 1975 33-35 *8/97 LAD-MON-STL-TEX
Jeromy Burnitz 106 4 436 2003 2005 34-36 *98/7D NYM-LAD-COL-CHC
Todd Zeile 105 5 436 1995 1997 29-31 *5/37 STL-CHC-PHI-BAL-LAD
Willie Horton 105 6 417 1977 1979 34-36 *D/7 TEX-DET-TOR-OAK-CLE-SEA
Lee Thomas 105 4 419 1964 1966 28-30 39/78 LAA-BOS-CHC-ATL
Dave Parker 104 4 433 1989 1991 38-40 *D/39 OAK-MIL-TOR-CAL
Tommy Davis 104 4 433 1967 1969 28-30 *7/398 NYM-CHW-HOU-SEP
Willie Davis 101 4 434 1974 1976 34-36 *8/97 MON-STL-TEX-SDP
Kenny Lofton 100 5 412 2001 2003 34-36 *8 CLE-SFG-CHW-PIT-CHC
Tony Fernandez 100 4 401 1992 1994 30-32 *6/54 SDP-NYM-TOR-CIN
Chad Curtis 100 4 406 1995 1997 26-28 *87/9 DET-LAD-NYY-CLE
Jay Payton 99 4 424 2003 2005 30-32 *78/9D COL-SDP-OAK-BOS
Mike Mitchell 98 4 414 1912 1914 32-34 *97/8 CIN-PIT-CHC-WSH
Tony Gonzalez 97 4 412 1968 1970 31-33 *8/79 PHI-SDP-ATL-CAL
Eric Byrnes 96 4 412 2004 2006 28-30 *78/9D OAK-COL-BAL-ARI
Keith Moreland 95 4 419 1987 1989 33-35 53/D72 CHC-SDP-DET-BAL
Chad Curtis 95 4 413 1996 1998 27-29 *87/9D LAD-DET-NYY-CLE-NYY
Eric Byrnes 94 4 429 2005 2007 29-31 *78/9D COL-OAK-BAL-ARI
Willie Montanez 93 4 448 1978 1980 30-32 *3/D NYM-TEX-SDP-MON
Brian McRae 93 4 446 1997 1999 29-31 *8/D NYM-CHC-NYM-COL-TOR
Steve Finley 91 4 413 2004 2006 39-41 *8/D LAD-ARI-LAA-SFG
Tommy Davis 91 5 413 1968 1970 29-31 *7/398 CHW-HOU-SEP-CHC-OAK
Gary Matthews 91 5 407 2001 2003 26-28 *89/7D PIT-CHC-NYM-BAL-SDP
Jose Hernandez 90 4 454 2001 2003 31-33 *6/58437 MIL-PIT-COL-CHC
Deron Johnson 89 5 404 1973 1975 34-36 *D3 PHI-OAK-MIL-BOS-CHW
Cass Michaels 88 4 412 1950 1952 24-26 *4/5 WSH-CHW-WSH-SLB-PHA
Charlie Hayes 87 4 402 1994 1996 29-31 *5 COL-PHI-PIT-NYY
Lyn Lary 84 4 417 1934 1936 28-30 *6/3 NYY-BOS-WSH-SLB
Royce Clayton 75 4 426 2004 2006 34-36 *6 COL-ARI-WSN-CIN
Roberto Pena 73 4 417 1968 1970 31-33 *6/453 PHI-SDP-OAK-MIL
Tony Womack 71 4 401 2002 2004 32-34 *64/89 ARI-COL-CHC-STL

A few notes:

1. Over the last 2 seasons Teixeira has a OPS+ of 151 in 289 games. He has a chance to be at the top of this list.

2. Aside from Texiera, the only player to play at least 270 games and on 3 different franchises in the last 2 years is Jason Kendall. In that time Kendall has had an  OPS+ of 68. Should Kendall switch franchises during the season, he  could wind up at the end of the list.

3. Todd Zeile appears 3 times on the list. In the 6 years from 1995 to 2000, Zeile played over 900 games for 8 different franchises. Amazingly enough, Zeile would have qualified again just 4 years later, but he fell 5 games short. In all, in the 10 years from 1995-2004 Zeile played for 11 different franchises and still played 1435 games.

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One Response to “Bouncing Around with Style”

  1. there are also some pitchers who appeared for 4 teams in 3 years.
    For one, the man who's face appears in the dictionary next to Journeyman: Bobo Newsom. 1937-1939 Washington, Boston, St. Louis Browns, and Detroit. 1941-1944 Detroit (the only team in 1941), Washington, Brooklyn, St. Louis Browns, Washington again, and Philadelphia Athletics (the only team in 1944). 1946-1948 Philadelphia Athletics, Washington, the Yankees, and the Giants.