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Yankees’ Derek Jeter joins MLB’s unique ’20-year club’


When New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter retired after last season, he became the 18th major league player to play 20 or more years in the majors all with the same team. Here’s a look at this noteworthy list:

23 years: Carl Yastrzemski (Boston), Brooks Robinson (Baltimore)

22 years: Al Kaline (Detroit), Stan Musial (St. Louis), Mel Ott (New York Giants)

21 years: Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baltimore), George Brett (Kansas City), Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh), Ted Lyons (Chicago White Sox), Walter Johnson (Washington)

20 years: Derek Jeter (New York Yankees), Craig Biggio (Houston), Tony Gwynn (San Diego), Alan Trammell (Detroit), Robin Yount (Milwaukee), Luke Appling (Chicago White Sox), Mel Harder (Cleveland), Red Faber (Chicago White Sox)

One of Jeter’s long-time teammates, Mariano Rivera, retire din 2013 after 19 seasons in the majors, all with the Yankees. He became the ninth player in MLB history to play 19 seasons in the league, all with the same team. Here are those nine players: Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Barry Larkin (Cincinnati), Lou Whitaker (Detroit), Dave Concepcion (Cincinnati), Jim Palmer (Baltimore), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Ted Williams (Boston ) and Charlie Gehringer (Detroit).

Going back to the stat of players who played 20 or more seasons in the league, there have been 152 players who have reached that milestone. Above we noted the 18 players who are on this list that played for only one team during their career. There are also 17 players who played 20+ years in the league with only two teams. They are:

25 years: Eddie Collins
24 years: Ty Cobb, Carlton Fisk
23 years: Hank Aaron
22 years: Barry Bonds, Phil Cavaretta, Jimmy Dykes, Tom Glavine, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays
21 years: Fred Clarke, Eppa Rixley, Honus Wagner
20 years: Max Carey, Dwight Evans, Gabby Hartnett, Sam Rice

Note: Of the 152 players with 20 or more MLB seasons, five played for 10 or more teams. Leading the way is right-handed pitcher Mike Morgan. He played 22 seasons in the bigs with 12 different teams. He compiled a 141-186 record in those seasons. His longest stay was parts of five seasons with the Cubs.

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