Chipper Jones time is coming closer and closer to an end and all the great memories he has had were with the Atlanta Braves. In honor of such a great player and what he has meant to the Braves organization, I’m going to make a list of the top 10 players who have played for the same team through their whole career.
1. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees – Jeter is currently in his 18th season with the New York Yankees. In his time so far with the Yankees Jeter has won 5 World Series, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in stolen bases, at bats, games played, and hits. Jeter is a 13-time All-Star, he has won the Gold Glove 5 times, and 4 Silver Slugger Awards. Jeter is also only the 28th player in history to get 3,000 hits in a career. He has been the face of the franchise since he has entered the league and will one day be a Hall of Famer.
2. Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies – The best player in Colorado’s history and one of the most underrated players of all time. Helton has set franchise records for hits, home runs, doubles, walks, runs scored, RBIs, total bases, and games played. Helton has a total of 354 home runs, 1,342 RBI, .419 on base percentage, and a .320 career batting average. People still question whether he will be a Hall of Famer, but it if were up to me he would be in there one day.
3. Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves – Jones is in his 19th season with the Atlanta Braves and will be his last season all together. Jones will go down as one of the best switch hitters of all-time, and one of the best third basemen. It has to be quite an honor for Chipper to receive the standing ovations and appreciation from the opposing teams crowd letting him know what he has meant for baseball. Jones will one day be in the Hall of Fame.
4. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies – Rollins is in his 13th season with the Phillies and is the face of the franchise. Rollins has always been known for his defense and has 3 Gold Gloves to show for it. He also has won 1 Sliver Slugger, and is a 3 time All-Star. To add to his great accomplishments, in 2007 Rollins won the National League MVP.
5. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees – Rivera, an 18 year veteran, is currently on the injured list that may lead to his retirement. Rivera is arguably one of the best closers in the history of baseball. Rivera is a 12 time All-Star, has won 5 World Series, and won the 1999 World Series MVP award. Rivera will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
6. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins – Mauer is in his 9th season with the Twins and is under contract until the 2018 season so it looks as though the hometown kid will retire with the Twins. Mauer will go down as one of the best if not the best hitting catcher of all time. He is a 5 time All-Star, won 3 Gold Gloves, 4 Silver Slugger awards, 3 time American League batting champion, and his the 2009 American League MVP.
7. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies – Utley is in his 10th year with Phillies and is a fan favorite due to his hustle he showcases on the field. Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to stay healthy most years and his stats don’t show the real impact he has on the team. Utley has won the Silver Slugger award 4 times, and has made the All-Star team several times since 2006.
8. David Wright, New York Mets – Wright is in his 9th season with the Mets and the star of the team. He is a 6 time All-Star, 3 Gold Gloves, and 2 Silver Slugger awards. He is also the Mets all-time leader in RBI, doubles, runs scored, and total bases.
9. Michael Young, Texas Rangers – Young is in his 13th season with Rangers and is another very underrated player. He is a 7 time All-Star, and has won one Gold Glove. His success has went under the radar as of late with all the other talent the surrounds him like a Josh Hamilton. Young will go down as one the best Texas Rangers of all-time.
10. Craig Biggio, Houston Astros – Biggio was an Astro for 20 years, before he retired back in 2007. He was a hustler and a great team leader. He is ranked number 73 on the all-time players list. Biggio made 7 All-Star appearances which is the most of any Astro. He is also the only player in history to appear in an All-Star game as a catcher and second basemen.
The writer is a lifetime Cardinals fan and an all around fan of the MLB.