Monday, March 23, 2015

Most Consecutive Seasons with a Different Opening Day Starter: First Base

The series continues (SPC1B2BSS, 3B, LF, CF, RFDHas we look at teams that had long stretches with a different Opening Day first baseman:

X different Opening Day Starting First Basemen in X Seasons (since 1914)
Browns/Orioles 10 1945-54
Astros 9 1964-72
Royals 8 2005-12
Pirates 8 1990-97
Yankees 8 1968-75
Braves 8 1962-69
Braves 8 1938-45
Athletics 8 1933-40
Red Sox 8 1930-37
Dodgers 7 2002-08
Braves 7 1999-2005
Giants 7 1980-86
Padres 7 1977-83
Athletics 7 1974-80
Senators 7 1962-68
White Sox 7 1956-62
White Sox 7 1945-51
Dodgers 7 1943-49

Baseball-Reference takes us back until 1914 and while Retrosheet provides starting pitchers in their game logs, it doesn't have that for other positions.

The top streak includes the final nine seasons of the St. Louis Browns and the club's inaugural season in Baltimore in 1954. The Royals gave it a run after Mike Sweeney called it quits, but Eric Hosmer ended the streak.

A new team will crack this list next month. The Pirates have had a six-year streak with a different Opening Day first baseman, and this season Pedro Alvarez will slide over from the hot corner to make it seven. Two others teams have an active streak of four, and with Milwaukee's pickup of Adam Lind, expect the Brewers to extend theirs to five:

Pirates: Adam LaRoche, Jeff Clement, Lyle Overbay, Garrett Jones, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa
Brewers: Prince Fielder, Mat Gamel, Alex Gonzalez, Lyle Overbay
Cardinals: Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Allen Craig, Matt Adams

Here's the full list of first basemen from the teams shown above. Some interesting names include an out of place Eddie Mathews in his final season as an Astro, Mickey Mantle manning first base in his final season and Jackie Robinson, who integrated the game with his 1947 debut at first base:

SLB 10 1945-54 George McQuinn, George Archie, Jerry Witte, Chuck Stevens, Jack Graham, Don Lenhardt, Joe Lutz, Dick Kryhoski, Roy Sievers, Eddie Waitkus
HOU 9 1964-72 Pete Runnels, Walt Bond, Chuck Harrison, Eddie Mathews, Rusty Staub, Curt Blefary, John Mayberry, Dennis Menke, Lee May
KC 8 2005-12 Mike Sweeney, Doug Mientkiewicz, Ryan Shealy, Ross Gload, Mike Jacobs, Billy Butler, Kila Ka'aihue, Eric Hosmer
PIT 8 1990-97 Sid Bream, Gary Redus, Orlando Merced, Kevin Young, Brian Hunter, Rich Aude, Jeff King, Mark Johnson
NYY 8 1968-75 Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone, John Ellis, Danny Cater, Ron Blomberg, Felipe Alou, Mike Hegan, Chris Chambliss
ATL 8 1962-69 Joe Adcock, Norm Larker, Joe Torre, Tommie Aaron, Lee Thomas, Felipe Alou, Deron Johnson, Orlando Cepeda
BSN 8 1938-45 Max West, Elbie Fletcher, Buddy Hassett, Babe Dahlgren, Johnny Cooney, Johnny McCarthy, Buck Etchison, Joe Mack
PHA 8 1933-40 Dib Williams, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Hooks, Jim Oglesby, Chubby Dean, Gene Hasson, Nick Etten, Dick Siebert
BOS 8 1930-37 Phil Todt, Bill Sweeney, Al Van Camp, Dale Alexander, Joe Judge, Babe Dahlgren, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Almada
LAD 7 2002-08 Eric Karros, Fred McGriff, Shawn Green, Hee-Seop Choi, Olmedo Saenz, Nomar Garciaparra, James Loney
ATL 7 1999-2005 Ryan Klesko, Andres Galarraga, Rico Brogna, B.J. Surhoff, Robert Fick, Julio Franco, Adam LaRoche
SF 7 1980-86 Mike Ivie, Enos Cabell, Reggie Smith, Darrell Evans, Al Oliver, David Green, Will Clark
SD 7 1977-83 Mike Ivie, Gene Richards, Mike Hargrove, Gene Tenace, Randy Bass, Broderick Perkins, Steve Garvey
OAK 7 1974-80 Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi, Don Baylor, Dick Allen, Gary Thomasson, Dave Revering, Jeff Newman
WAS 7 1962-68 Dale Long, Tom Brown, Bill Skowron, Bob Chance, Joe Cunningham, Dick Nen, Mike Epstein
CWS 7 1956-62 Walt Dropo, Jim Rivera, Earl Torgeson, Norm Cash, Ted Kluszewski, Roy Sievers, Joe Cunningham
CWS 7 1945-51 Bill Nagel, Hal Trosky, Don Kolloway, Tony Lupien, Bud Souchock, Chuck Kress, Eddie Robinson
BKN 7 1943-49 Dolph Camilli, Howie Schultz, Augie Galan, Jack Graham, Jackie Robinson, Preston Ward, Gil Hodges

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