Two incidents during the 2014 season have underscored the rarest of feats in the modern era of baseball. Due to the advent of free agency and weighty multi year contracts, players rarely spend a long career with just one team.
The recent passing of Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire big league career with San Diego, was dubbed Mr. Padre for his service to that organization. Gwynn May be one of the last Hall inductees who remained with the same team throughout his career.
Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter may indeed be the last, as he intends to retire after this season. When he is eligible for the Hall in 2020, he will enter as a man who wore no uniform other than one with New York pinstripes.
Currently, only nine players with ten or more years in the Majors have spent their entire careers with the same team. Half of them have a chance to one day reach the Hall, but it is almost certain that few of them are likely to remain with that team until their retirement.
Here is the list of active one-team ten year veterans.
The Phillies first baseman has had quite a career, earning a World Series championship, a national league most valuable player award, and numerous All-Star appearances.
Playing all of his career right next to Howard, Utley was a perennial All-Star as well as a World Series M.V.P.
The double play partner of Utley in Philadelphia won an NL M.V.P. and a World Series championship.
Given that he is from Minnesota, the perennial baiting champion catcher-turned-first baseman will more than likely wrap up a Hall of Fame career with the Twins.
The ace of the Seattle rotation has been a Cy Young contender for nearly a decade, often leading the American League with the lowest Earned Run Average.
Though his club has twice fallen short in the World Series, their rotation ace has led the league in most of the major pitching statistics.
In addition to several pennants and All-Star appearances, Wainwright has been the ace of the staff ever since the departure of teammate Chris Carpenter.
Wainwright’s battery mate has been the M.V.P. of the Cardinals, as both offensively and defensively he is the main reason they have been World Series champions and perennial contenders.
The mainstay of the Mets has seen the club go from contenders to cellar dwellers, but he has continued to be the best third baseman in the National League.