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One Team Baseball Players

These players only played on one team for their entire careers. Name the player based on the team and the years.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list
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First submittedApril 1, 2011
Times taken29,628
Average score62.5%
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Years
Team
Player
2011–
Angels
Mike Trout
2007–2023
Reds
Joey Votto
1995–2014
Yankees
Derek Jeter
1995–2013
Yankees
Mariano Rivera
1993–2012
Braves
Chipper Jones
1988–2007
Astros
Craig Biggio
1991–2005
Astros
Jeff Bagwell
1982–2001
Padres
Tony Gwynn
1981–2001
Orioles
Cal Ripken
1984–1995
Twins
Kirby Puckett
1974–1993
Brewers
Robin Yount
1973–1993
Royals
George Brett
Years
Team
Player
1972–1989
Phillies
Mike Schmidt
1967–1983
Reds
Johnny Bench
1961–1983
Red Sox
Carl Yastrzemski
1955–1972
Pirates
Roberto Clemente
1953–1971
Cubs
Ernie Banks
1951–1968
Yankees
Mickey Mantle
1955–1966
Dodgers
Sandy Koufax
1941–1963
Cardinals
Stan Musial
1939–1960
Red Sox
Ted Williams
1947–1956
Dodgers
Jackie Robinson
1936–1951
Yankees
Joe DiMaggio
1923–1939
Yankees
Lou Gehrig
48 Comments
+1
Level 68
Apr 1, 2014
Todd Helton is missing from this list
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Level ∞
Apr 1, 2014
It's not meant to be a comprehensive list.
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Level ∞
Jul 3, 2016
With the latest update, I added Mariano River, Derek Jeter, and Chipper Jones.

(and kicked off Al Kaline, Jim Palmer, and Bob Gibson)

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Level 84
Aug 29, 2016
Not sure why kicking Kaline, Palmer and Gibson off was necessary. Those are guys who, while not in any way obscure players, would separate those who truly know baseball history. Each would be on the Mount Rushmore of their respective franchise.
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Level 68
Aug 30, 2016
Plus, they're all Hall of Famers.
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Level 89
Dec 9, 2018
Jim Palmer was the pitcher to watch if you wanted to see it all look easy. Definitely a big name in the state too.
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Level 75
May 20, 2022
And he was an underwear model.
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Level 75
May 25, 2022
One point in favour of Kaline getting back on this list is that, for many years, he was also the Tigers' colour commentator - in an excellent combination with George Kell that I'd say was a match for the Lou Whitaker-Alan Trammell pairing whose games they called.
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Level 21
Jan 21, 2021
You shouldn't kick anyone
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Level 62
Apr 1, 2014
Nothing against Jeff Bagwell but it baffles me that he's at 90% for this list.
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Level 95
Apr 1, 2014
I would have sworn Bagpipes had played at least one season with the Red Sox, but I looked up his career and he played all his minor league ball in the Red Sox organization before making his MLB debut with the Astros.
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Level 58
Apr 3, 2014
Was traded for Larry Anderson. One of the biggest lopsided trades in history.
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Level 75
May 20, 2022
There is no obvious relation between the quality of the player and how often they were answered. Musial and Banks are at the bottom of the list, with Bench, Koufax, and Williams not much higher. The most relevant factor appears to be era. When you wrote your comment, Bagwell had just retired. He's a lot lower now.
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2014
Mariano Rivera
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2014
No "Moonlight" Graham?
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Level 91
Apr 2, 2014
That would have been a good one: Giants 1905-1905
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Level 75
Jan 19, 2015
This.
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Level 33
Apr 28, 2014
Paul Konerko?
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Level 43
May 29, 2014
He was both a Dodger and a Red before settling in with the ChiSox
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Level 44
Jan 20, 2015
think he was in the reds farm system but I cant remember I know he was on the reds for a year
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Level 38
Jul 5, 2014
There are tons of names that could be on here. No room for everyone's boyhood hero.
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Level 75
Jan 19, 2015
You got Stan the Man, my girlhood hero. Thanks.
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Level 56
Aug 3, 2014
I'm pretty sure I tried to type smith and Mike Schmidt's name appeared. What remarkable leniency.
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Level 75
Dec 9, 2015
I appreciate the leniency on spelling for Yastr-whatever.
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Level 83
Aug 29, 2016
I always find this funny. Yastremski is spelled EXACTLY how it sounds. If someone knows how to say his name (acknowledging that some people don't), then spelling it is easy.
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Level 77
Aug 29, 2016
Hey joeythelemur, it is spelled Yastrzemski and the z is silent. Nice try though!
+1
Level 68
Aug 30, 2016
That's funny.
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Level 92
Apr 10, 2020
Luckily, it also accepts his nickname--Yaz.
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Level 83
Mar 20, 2022
Ha, nearly 6 years later and I see I took a few well deserved lumps. You got me (more accurately, I got myself), not sure why I was so certain on that one, especially since I have always used the "Yaz" shortcut on JetPunk.
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Level 30
Nov 28, 2015
chipper jones played with the braves his whole career and so did john smoltz excluding a ball
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Level 51
Sep 2, 2016
Smoltz played for the Red Sox and Cardinals in 2009.
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Level 39
Jun 15, 2016
What about Ed Kranepool?

Mets 1962-1979

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kraneed01.shtml

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Level ∞
Jul 3, 2016
Ah yes the immortal Ed Kranepool
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Level 83
Aug 29, 2016
This is why we really need a like button on Jetpunk. :-P
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Level 67
Aug 29, 2016
Soon enough we can add David Wright to this list.
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2016
Too Yankees-centric.
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Level 75
Sep 2, 2016
First furious at his omission, then horrified to find out that Buddy Biancalana had 24 at bats with the Astros.
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2018
For the longest time with one team see https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/170770/longest-exclusive-careers-by-mlb-team
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Level 51
Jun 18, 2019
yep, gotta do part 2, and please include my hero, Willie Stargell
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2021
How could Brooks Robinson be left off this list?
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Level 93
Mar 20, 2022
Getting old. Remembered every one from the earliest to the Brewer, then nothing from then on except the Orioles iron man and the two Yankees, being a Yankees fan.
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Level 83
Mar 21, 2022
I know this was just updated, but a future name to consider is Yadier Molina. Future HOF too.
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Level 79
Mar 23, 2022
Is Joe Mauer a good suggestion? He's about the only baseball player I know.
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Level 68
May 20, 2022
No Kyle Seager? :(
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Level 67
May 23, 2022
Edgar Martinez would be best to represent the M's. Hoping he'll do another update and add him in.
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Level 78
May 21, 2022
Very fun.
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Level 67
May 21, 2022
Yep, just think "yaster-zemski." That's one way to remember how to spell it.
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Level 38
Apr 19, 2023
With the recognition of the NAL as a major league, Jackie Robinson officially has played for more than one major league team (Kansas City Monarchs in 1946)