• 16+ Seasons Of 140+ Games Played

    Posted by on March 21st, 2012 · Comments (6)

    It’s a small list

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Pete Rose 19 1963 1983 22-42 Ind. Seasons
    2 Carl Yastrzemski 17 1961 1979 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Brooks Robinson 17 1958 1975 21-38 Ind. Seasons
    4 Johnny Damon 16 1996 2011 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    5 Craig Biggio 16 1990 2007 24-41 Ind. Seasons
    6 Rafael Palmeiro 16 1988 2004 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    7 Cal Ripken 16 1982 1998 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    8 Eddie Murray 16 1977 1996 21-40 Ind. Seasons
    9 Dave Winfield 16 1974 1993 22-41 Ind. Seasons
    10 Hank Aaron 16 1955 1970 21-36 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/21/2012.

    Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu have an outside shot of making the club. But, that’s about it for a good while.

    Comments on 16+ Seasons Of 140+ Games Played

    1. #15
      March 21st, 2012 | 10:55 am

      Pretty distinguished list. DH’ing will possibly add more over time. You have to be pretty good to play that long. But, in looking at the full list, how the heck did Rabbit Maranville make the HOF?

    2. redbug
      March 22nd, 2012 | 5:12 pm

      And Johnny Damon isn’t signed foe this year.

    3. Raf
      March 22nd, 2012 | 5:25 pm

      @ redbug:
      For reasons I can’t quite understand. Nothing wrong with leaving a couple of dollars on the table. You’d think he’d learn by now.

    4. Jim TreshFan
      March 23rd, 2012 | 12:51 am

      @ #15:
      How the heck did Rabbit Maranville make the Hall of Fame? Interesting question. The answer isn’t all that simple. First, you must realize that during his career Maranville was highly valued as a ballplayer by his managers and teammates, as well as by the writers and fans. He finished in the top 10 in MVP balloting 5 times in his career (finishing 3rd in 1913 and 2nd in 1914), and when he was traded from the Braves to the Pirates in 1921 it was in exchange for 3 players AND $15,000. He was a regular NL shortstop until he was nearly 40 years old—and then he played 2 more years at 2B. Even today Maranville holds the Major League record for most career assists (Ozzie Smith is 2nd). Indeed, until Pete Rose came along Maranville held the record for most seasons played in the NL (23).
      All that is very nice, of course, but some people suspect that Maranvile’s election had more to do with what he did after his professional baseball career ended. He went to work for The New York Journal-American running their sandlot baseball program—where he tutored the likes of Whitey Ford—and rubbing elbows with and glad-handing sportswriters, regaling them with stories from his time in the Show from the Dead Ball Era to the FDR administration. He also died just a few weeks before he was elected.

    5. #15
      March 23rd, 2012 | 3:33 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      Outstanding info.

      I just wonder how many guys with similar or better stats, but not quite his longevity, could use him as their standard for consideration for the HOF. Omar V. (a long term decent stick and the best SS I ever saw with a glove. Period. Sorry Ozzie) has to be a slam dunk lock by comparison (I think he’s a slam dunk even without the comparison). Alan Trammell??… Yep, if Rabbit serves as a reasonable yardstick.

      I’d picked up on the fact that he’d died shortly before his election. That’s sad in anyone’s book. The post career stuff is an interesting topic, especially as a point/counterpoint when off-field problems are considered or dismissed for a given player.

      BTW.. I never mentioned it to you before, and I’m not entirely sure of the reference, but…. I knew Tom Tresh. Great guy. Fun to be around. Loved the Yankees. He was a very, very good ball player for several years. He’s missed.

    6. Raf
      March 23rd, 2012 | 4:46 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Omar V. (a long term decent stick and the best SS I ever saw with a glove. Period. Sorry Ozzie)

      Ozzie was flashier, IMO, but Omar was steadier

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