Wait til Next Year . . . is making a come back.

I am going to mix a bit of the philosophy of my life into this blog as I continue to highlight some of my baseball card collection. (hoping the card collectors of this world welcome me back)

Its been a tough 18 months for me . . . the Chicago Cubs have had it rough as well.

This site will be devoted to all those who need to define what "wait til next year" means.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Baseball "Lifer's"

I recently came across a list that intrigued me.

The list was of ALL current Major League Baseball Players that have been with the same team for ten years or more (thanks to ESPN).

Here are the only eleven players currently that fit that category.

Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 16
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees15
Derek Jeter New York Yankees 15
Jorge Posada New York Yankees 15
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies 13
Jason Varitek Boston Red Sox 13
Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics 12
Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays 11
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies 10
Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox 10
Michael Young Texas Rangers 10

Not sure how that number compares to other years but it seemed rather small to me.
With my heart still being stuck in the era of the sixties and seventies I do wonder how this compares to other years ? Anyone out there able to calculate this for the year 1970 ?

Three quarters (Santo, Kessinger, Banks) of the Chicago Cub infield were "lifer's" (that is from a long time ago)! It is a shame no Chicago Cub made this list this year ! Who will be the next Cub to play for Chicago for ten years ?

While I understand that baseball has changed drastically over (in so many ways, both for the good and bad) the commitment and loyalty of the game (from the players and owners) is one thing I wish would change back to the days of yester-year.


  1. Here you are, the players in 1970 who had played for the same team for at least 10 years (I might have missed 1 or 2 as I did this quickly):


    Willie Mays, Giants, 19 years
    Ernie Banks, Cubs, 18 years
    Hank Aaron, Braves, 17 years
    Roberto Clemente, Pirates, 16 years
    Bill Mazeroski, Pirates, 15 years
    Bob Gibson, Cardinals, 12 years
    Willie McCovey, Giants, 12 years
    Ron Santo, Cubs, 11 years
    Jim Maloney, Reds, 11 years
    Willie Davis, Dodgers, 11 years
    Juan Marichal, Giants 11 years


    Al Kaline, Tigers, 18 years
    Brooks Robinson, Orioles, 16 years
    Boog Powell, Orioles, 10 years
    Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox, 10 years
    Sam McDowell, Indians, 10 years
    Ed Brinkman, Senators, 10 years

    That's 17 names. I thought there would have been a lot more. I think expansion had a lot to do with that (the Expos, Royals, Padres, Brewers, Angels, Mets, Astros and Twins were all relatively new in 1970).

  2. You can add Billy Williams to the list; he broke in with the Cubs in 1959.