Eddie Collins, the all-time leader in games played as a second baseman.
Eddie Collins, the all-time leader in games played as a second baseman.

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between third and first base. The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play. In addition, second basemen are usually right-handed; only four left-handed throwing players have ever played second base since 1950.[2] In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4.

Eddie Collins[3][4][5] is the all-time leader in career games as a second baseman, playing 2,650 games at the position in his career. Joe Morgan[6] (2,527), Roberto Alomar[7] (2,320), Lou Whitaker[8] (2,308), Nellie Fox[9] (2,295), Charlie Gehringer[10] (2,206), Robinson Canó[11] (2,158), Willie Randolph[12] (2,152), Frank White[13] (2,151), Bid McPhee[14] (2,129), and Bill Mazeroski[15] (2,094), Nap Lajoie[16] (2,035), and Jeff Kent[17] (2,034) are the only other second baseman to play over 2,000 games at the position.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 Gs) Number of games played during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
G as 2B Total career games played as a second baseman.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Robinson Canó, the active leader and 7th all-time in games played as a second baseman.
Robinson Canó, the active leader and 7th all-time in games played as a second baseman.
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 2B
1 Eddie Collins * 2,650
2 Joe Morgan * 2,527
3 Roberto Alomar * 2,320
4 Lou Whitaker 2,308
5 Nellie Fox * 2,295
6 Charlie Gehringer * 2,206
7 Robinson Canó (0) 2,158
8 Willie Randolph 2,152
9 Frank White 2,151
10 Bid McPhee * 2,129
11 Bill Mazeroski * 2,094
12 Nap Lajoie * 2,035
13 Jeff Kent 2,034
14 Ryne Sandberg * 1,995
15 Craig Biggio * 1,989
16 Bobby Doerr * 1,852
17 Ray Durham 1,843
18 Red Schoendienst * 1,834
19 Brandon Phillips 1,831
20 Ian Kinsler 1,828
21 Billy Herman * 1,813
22 Bobby Grich 1,765
23 Bret Boone 1,763
24 Frankie Frisch * 1,762
25 Chase Utley 1,743
26 Johnny Evers * 1,735
27 Larry Doyle 1,728
28 Del Pratt 1,688
29 Luis Castillo 1,683
30 Steve Sax 1,679
31 Kid Gleason 1,585
32 Rogers Hornsby * 1,561
33 Julián Javier 1,552
34 Fred Pfeffer 1,538
35 Miller Huggins * 1,530
36 Joe Gordon * 1,519
37 Frank Bolling 1,518
Manny Trillo 1,518
39 Tony Taylor 1,498
40 Dustin Pedroia 1,492
41 George Cutshaw 1,486
42 Claude Ritchey 1,479
43 Tony Lazzeri * 1,456
44 Cupid Childs 1,455
45 Hughie Critz 1,453
46 Félix Millán 1,450
47 Jim Gantner 1,449
48 Cookie Rojas 1,446
49 Davey Lopes 1,418
50 Tom Herr 1,416
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 2B
51 Delino DeShields 1,392
52 José Altuve (131) 1,383
53 Chuck Knoblauch 1,381
54 Lou Bierbauer 1,366
55 Mark Ellis 1,364
56 Bill Doran 1,359
57 Adam Kennedy 1,347
58 Buddy Myer 1,340
59 Harold Reynolds 1,339
Bobby Richardson 1,339
61 Glenn Hubbard 1,332
62 Dave Cash 1,330
63 Bobby Lowe 1,316
Ski Melillo 1,316
65 Johnny Temple 1,312
66 Don Blasingame 1,310
67 Joe Quinn 1,307
68 Brian Roberts 1,304
69 Eric Young 1,295
70 Ted Sizemore 1,288
71 Dan Uggla 1,283
72 Orlando Hudson 1,279
Robby Thompson 1,279
74 Johnny Ray 1,277
75 Tito Fuentes 1,275
76 Ron Hunt 1,260
77 Bucky Harris * 1,253
78 Mickey Morandini 1,245
79 Glenn Beckert 1,242
80 Otto Knabe 1,239
81 Max Bishop 1,230
82 Aaron Hill 1,210
83 Tony Cuccinello 1,205
Bill Wambsganss 1,205
85 Davey Johnson 1,198
86 Mark McLemore 1,197
87 Ronnie Belliard 1,190
Juan Samuel 1,190
89 Howie Kendrick 1,183
90 Jerry Priddy 1,179
91 Jimmy Williams 1,176
92 Damion Easley 1,172
93 Ron Oester 1,171
94 Bobby Ávila 1,168
95 Jim Gilliam 1,164
96 Dick Green 1,158
97 Sandy Alomar 1,156
98 Eddie Stanky 1,152
99 Cub Stricker 1,145
100 Bill Hallman 1,139

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ Section 20 of the official scorer guidelines
  2. ^ "From 1950 to 2013, Throws LH, Played: 2B". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Eddie Collins Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eddie Collins Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Holmes, Dan (September 18, 2017). "Eddie Collins was the greatest second baseman of the Deadball Era". Baseball Egg. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Joe Morgan Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Roberto Alomar Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lou Whitaker Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Nellie Fox Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Charlie Gehringer Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Robinson Canó Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Willie Randolph Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Frank White Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Bid McPhee Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Bill Mazeroski Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "Nap Lajoie Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jeff Kent Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2019.