All-Time Single-Season Series: By the numbers
Which players appeared on multiple teams in our All-Time Single-Season series? Which decades were best represented? Let's check it out.
Over the past month, the three Eye on Baseball scribes have undertaken the task of putting together an all-time single-season team for each of the 30 current MLB franchises. If you haven't yet seen some of the teams, check out the entire series by clicking on any of the links below:
ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON TEAMS: CHC | STL | MIL | CIN | PIT | CHW | DET | KCR | CLE | MIN | ARI | COL | SD | LAD | SF | SEA | HOU | LAA | TEX | OAK | BOS | NYY | BAL | TOR | TBR | MIA | NYM | ATL | WAS | PHI
As a quick, fun summary, let's check out the players who appeared on multiple teams. Obviously this isn't going to be a list of baseball's greatest players because many of them spent their entire prime -- if not entire career -- with the same franchise.
Still, it's interesting to see who was great(est) with multiple teams in at least one season.
Here are the players who appeared on multiple teams.
FOUR: Rogers Hornsby ( Atlanta Braves , St. Louis Cardinals , Chicago Cubs , San Francisco Giants ).
THREE: Adrian Beltre ( Los Angeles Dodgers , Seattle Mariners , Texas Rangers ), Roger Clemens ( Houston Astros , Toronto Blue Jays , Boston Red Sox ), Rich "Goose" Gossage ( San Diego Padres , Pittsburgh Pirates , New York Yankees ), Mike Marshall (Dodgers, Expos, Minnesota Twins ), Paul Molitor (Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers , Twins), Alex Rodriguez (Mariners, Rangers, Yankees).
TWO: Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander (Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies ), Jay Bell ( Arizona Diamondbacks , Kansas City Royals ), Armando Benitez ( Miami Marlins , New York Mets ), Bert Blyleven (Rangers, Twins), Barry Bonds (Giants, Pirates), Kevin Brown (Marlins, Padres), Miguel Cabrera (Marlins, Detroit Tigers ), Gary Carter (Mets, Expos), Carlos Delgado (Blue Jays, Marlins), Mark Eichhorn (Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles ), Rollie Fingers ( Oakland Athletics , Brewers), Carlton Fisk (Red Sox, Chicago White Sox ), Bobby Grich ( Los Angeles Angels , Orioles), Lefty Grove (Athletics, Red Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Angels, Expos), Roy Halladay (Phillies, Blue Jays), Bryan Harvey (Angels, Marlins), Shoeless Joe Jackson ( Cleveland Indians , White Sox), Fergie Jenkins (Cubs, Rangers), Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks, Mariners), Nap Lajoie (Athletics, Cleveland), Al Leiter (Marlins, Mets), Brad Lidge (Astros, Phillies), Greg Maddux (Braves, Cubs), Pedro Martinez (Expos, Red Sox), Joe Nathan (Rangers, Twins), Rob Nen (Giants, Marlins), Gaylord Perry (Indians, Padres), Andy Pettitte (Astros, Yankees), J.J. Putz (Diamondbacks, Mariners), Frank Robinson (Orioles, Cincinnati Reds ), Ivan Rodriguez (Marlins, Rangers), Nolan Ryan (Angels, Rangers), Johan Santana (Mets, Twins), Tom Seaver (Mets, Reds), Tris Speaker (Indians, Red Sox), Bruce Sutter (Cardinals, Cubs), Billy Wagner (Mets, Astros), Hoyt Wilhelm (Orioles, White Sox).
And now, let's count the number of players each decade received in the series. It's worth noting expansion, the designated hitter and the expanded role of relief pitchers here and the impact it had on this section. Taking those three items into account, it makes sense that the modern decades got a lot more play here -- especially expansion, as many teams only had a handful of decades from which to choose and a select few have only been around since the 1990s.
The number of entries per decade in this series:
1900s (and earlier): 14