One-team careers a rarity in MLB history
Only 62 players have spent all 15 or more years with one club
Major League Baseball has been around for a long time, but despite all the players who have come through in more than 100 years of history, a very small percentage has been exclusive to one franchise.
Well, according to a list compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau, only 62 players in MLB's long history with at least 15 years in the Major Leagues played their entire career with one organization.
Of that group, 35 are Hall of Famers:
Pee Wee Reese
Cal Ripken Jr.
Surprisingly, despite the impact of free agency and the amount of player turnover nowadays, seven players who had at least 15 years of experience and played out an entire career with one big league team retired between 2000-09: Ripken, Gwynn, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bernie Williams, Edgar Martinez and Barry Larkin.
There are also an additional four who currently meet that criteria and are still active. Three of them are Yankees -- Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada -- with the other being Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.