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  • 2,000 Games at one position.

    Catcher: Five players in MLB History Have 2,000 games at catcher. Most Recent Jason Kendall - finished career with 2,025 games at catcher in 2010. SL. louis Cardinal, Yadier Molina (1,947 games at catcher) needs to play catcher in 53 games this season to become the sixth member of the 2,000 games at catcher club. Ivan Rodriguez with 2,427 games at catcher is the record holder.
    First Baseman: 20 Players have played 2,000 games as first basemen, but none are active. Active Leader; Albert Pujols with 1,902 Games at1B. Pujols' rank is #29 in this category.
    Second Baseman: 13 players have played 2,000 games at 2B. Active Player, Robinson Cano (New York Mets) is among those 13 who have played 2,000 games. Cano ranks 10th all-time in games played at 2B, with 2,124 games as a second baseman..
    Shortstop: There are 19 Players who have Played 2,000 games at Shortstop. None are active. Jimmy Rollins #6 in games at 2B with 2,227 games at that position is the most recent player to reach 2,000 games at SS. The active leader is Elvis Andrus with 1,599 games at SS. he ranks 50th in this category.
    Third Baseman: Recently retired Adrian Beltre played 2,749 games at third baseman. He finished at #2 in games at 3B (behind on/y Brooks Robinson 2,870 games at third).
    Evan Longoria (SF Giants) with 1,587 games at 3B is the active player leader.
    Outfielder: Nick Markakis (Braves) with 2,073 games in the outfield is the only active player to have played at least 2,.000 games in the outfield. He ranks at #46 in this category. Recent retirees include #16 Ichiro Suzuki, with 2,365 games in the outfield and Bobby Abreu, #38, with 2,138 games as an outfielder.
    Last edited by 1954 Phils; 01-30-2020, 01:53 PM.

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    Originally posted by 1954 Phils View Post
    Outfielder: Nick Markakis (Braves) with 2,073 games in the outfield is the only active player to have played at least 2,.000 games in the outfield. He ranks at #46 in this category. Recent retirees include #16 Ichiro Suzuki, with 2,365 games in the outfield and Bobby Abreu, #38, with 2,138 games as an outfielder.
    At first it was quite shocking to me that only one active player has played 2,000 games in the outfield as 2,000 games is equivalent to only about 12.3 full seasons.

    But it turns out that only 50 outfielders have reached that milestone in the last 112 years, way fewer than I would have guessed.

    How many people would guess that Brett Butler and Jose Cruz played more games in the outfield than Mickey Mantle and Carl Yastrzemski?
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      Mick & Yaz both spent several seasons at first base, and Yaz also DHed quite a bit during his decline years. Butler & Cruz never left the outfield.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post

        At first it was quite shocking to me that only one active player has played 2,000 games in the outfield as 2,000 games is equivalent to only about 12.3 full seasons.

        But it turns out that only 50 outfielders have reached that milestone in the last 112 years, way fewer than I would have guessed.

        How many people would guess that Brett Butler and Jose Cruz played more games in the outfield than Mickey Mantle and Carl Yastrzemski?
        Those little guys Butler and Cruz had great durability. It was hard to keep either of them out of the lineup. Brett Butler hit .290,as a "throwback player " to Rizzuto, Ashburn and many pre- World War Two batters who frequently bunted for base hits. Butler stole 558 bases in his 17-year career (1981-1997) , without the benefit of ever leading a major league in Stolen Bases. He was a very consistent baserunner and his managers could count on him for about 35 Steals per season.
        Jose Cruz hit .284 lifetime, with 165 home runs, 2251 hits and was a great "Table Setter". He had two all-star seasons, but he probably deserved to go to the all-star games 3 or 4 more times and . he hit .300 or better six times. Cruz also finished one year hitting .299. MLB Career: 1970-1988.

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        • #5
          Being able to play 2000+ games in one position is a direct result of having irreplaceable skills, both with the glove and with the bat. Such players would have to be able to catch and throw at least, IMO, and either hit for average or hit for power, IMO. In other words, these players have to be at least 3-tool players over time, even if those 3 tools are the remaining tools after losing speed or showing age by hitting for a lower average.

          So, this is why I am annoyed by the trend in developing softball style hitters, who don't wish to build or maintain contact hitting skills. Once signing a contract where they have it made, per the advice of an agent, then why anchor oneself to one position? Too many players are angling for a DH slot, or angling to play first base, or angling to end up in the OF as reserve players. Too many players are playing multiple positions, for as long as possible or for the length of a contract. Still again, if they finish this contract after a trade, this is no problem for their own pride or identity. Players once took pride in their spot on the field, or the lineup. It was part of their identity.

          The upshot from that is that the average fan doesn't know who is playing where, and can't cite an opponent's lineup from memory, infield or starting OF from memory. In fact, fans seem to not even know their own teams anymore. If it is less common to find players who have 2000+ games in one position, it is because players aren't taking pride in that identity today.
          Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

          A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill. (Please take note that I've recently become aware of how this quote applies to a certain US president. This is a coincidence, and the quote was first added to this signature too far back to remember when).

          Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

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