Sunday Frivolities

I really didn’t expect to find anyone that had played for all Braves franchises, but Eddie Mathews, by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin (his 1952 rookie season in Boston and 1966 season in Atlanta), did.

A week ago, I did a post on who had played for the most franchises in his professional career, and this week, I’m going to use the Multi-franchise tool, which allows you to see who played for a combination of teams (which you set). I figure that I’d play around with it for a little bit, and I’ll give you the reasons for the specific combination.

Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks (oldest and youngest franchises)
24 players
Jerry Gil, Mike Gosling, and Micah Owings only played for these two franchises (almost Adam Dunn)

Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays (oldest and youngest franchises)
28 players
No players played just on these two teams

Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Guillen and Quentin McCracken

Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves
Eddie Mathews

Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (all AL West)
Mark McLemore and Gene Nelson

New York Yankees and New York Mets
104 players
Yogi Berra, Brandon Knight, Phil Lombardi, Hal Reniff, and Roy Staiger played only for the two teams

New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Giants
14 players
None played for just those three

St. Louis Cardinals and Browns
70 players
8 played for just those two

Chicago Cubs and White Sox
163 players
19 players for just the two with Ron Santo probably the most famous

Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies (1993 expansion teams)
41 players
Marcos Carvajal is the only one to play only for both

Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998 expansion teams)
15 players
None played for only those two

Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals
79 players
Brian Barber, David Howard, Mark Littell, and Craig Wilson


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