6 MLB Lifers That Will Only Play for One Team

They don't make them like they used to.


2017 Hall of Fame hopefuls Jeff Bagwell and Edgar Martinez both spent their entire careers with the Astros and Mariners, respectively. Of course, Derek Jeter just recently pulled the plug on a twenty-year career with the New York Yankees, the club that he won five championships with.


A few of these players have yet to qualify as an "MLB Lifer" (a player who has played with only one team for at least ten years), but will earn the title barring extremely unforeseen circumstances.


It wouldn't be very surprising to see all six of these stars hang 'em up with the only team they've ever played for.

6. Felix Hernandez

The King of K's, Felix Hernandez immediately found a home when he debuted for the Seattle Mariners in August 2005. A 19-year-old blue-chip prospect, Hernandez was set for greatness from the start and has never looked back.


Now 30, King Felix has logged nearly 360 starts as an MLB pitcher. The career results are impressive: 154-109 record, 3.16 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 2,264 strikeouts.


Hernandez won the AL Cy Young award in 2010, in which he bucked the norm and took home the hardware despite a mediocre 13-12 record. He finished that campaign with an incredible 2.27 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, while punching out 232 batters.


Seattle's ace isn't going anywhere anytime soon, especially with the club cementing themselves as contenders this season. He has a great chance of finishing his career with the same team that he has shared a seemingly perfect marriage with from the beginning.

5. David Wright

Despite his recent skirmish with a never-ending injury bug, Mets' captain David Wright has been one of the best franchise players in recent memory. A long-term contract and recent health concerns will nearly guarantee that Wright will finish his impressive MLB career with the blue and orange.


Wright, a veteran third baseman, debuted with the team in the summer of 2004. He immediately made an impact on a terrible Mets team, providing legitimate reason for the front office to go spend on pricey complements such as Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado.


A career .296 hitter, Wright has finished five of his thirteen seasons with over 100 RBI. In his prime, Wright was also a phenomenal fielder, winning two Gold Glove awards in an illustrious career for the team he will most likely retire with.

4. Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner has been a godsend for the San Francisco Giants since his arrival in the majors in September of 2009, and it's hard to imagine where they would be without the postseason legend.


With eye-popping career stats, such as his 2.99 ERA and 1.10 WHIP, Bumgarner has been amongst baseball's best pitchers since entering the league. His absurd postseason performances get all the attention, but Bumgarner's been eating innings and winning games for the Giants without succumbing to injury his entire career.


Bumgarner will become a free-agent in 2020, and the Giants will gladly pay the southpaw to be the face of the franchise for the rest of his career.

3. Buster Posey

Making his MLB debut just three days after Bumgarner, Buster Posey did little in his cup of coffee with the San Francisco Giants. In his true rookie campaign, in which the backstop won the NL Rookie of the Year award, Posey blasted eighteen home runs and finished with a triple-slash line of .305/.357/.505.


Posey has been nothing short of amazing since he broke into the league. His accolades?


He's a 4x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 2012 NL MVP and Comeback Player of the Year. The standout catcher added his first Gold Glove award to his resume this past season as well.


Add that laundry list to the fact that Posey has three World Series rings before the age of 30 and it's hard to imagine too many scenarios that Posey and the Giants part ways.

2. Dustin Pedroia

After etching his name into Boston lore with two championships under his belt, Dustin Pedroia will likely finish his outstanding career with the Red Sox.


The second baseman has been electric since his first full professional season in 2007, in which he won AL Rookie of the Year and played a significant role in winning the World Series. Pedroia is an all-around stud, using his five-tool ability to capture four Gold Gloves and a 2008 AL MVP award.


With the Red Sox built to contend for the foreseeable future, it would be shocking to see Pedroia in another uniform during the back-end of his career. He will go down as one of the greatest Boston athletes of all time if he can lock up another championship with the Sox.

1. Yadier Molina

Yadier Molina has been one of the most consistent players of the last decade, and the Cardinals will reward their leader with a contract that allows him to finish his career in St. Louis. 


With free agency looming, Molina shouldn't have much to worry about; his career numbers speak for themselves. A defensive wizard and owner of eight Gold Gloves, Molina is one of the most valuable players in the MLB for what he brings to the table both on the field and in the clubhouse. He's notorious for getting his team out of jams by making savvy pickoff throws in the direction of unsuspecting runners, and has also been one of the most respected leaders the game has seen.


Molina has improved on his game each and every season since he debuted in 2004, which should behoove him going forward as he approaches the end of a decorated catching career.

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