MLB: Top 20 Players with the Most Opening Days Played

Pete Rose (Third From Right, Next To No. 20 Frank Robinson) In His First Opening Day, 1963

Pete Rose (Third From Right, Next To No. 20 Frank Robinson) In His First Opening Day, 1963

What might normally be considered a non-critical stat, turns out to be a leaders list full of some of the greatest baseball players ever. These mostly-Hall of Famers played in the most Opening Days.

Others below would have found their way into the Hall of FameBarry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Ivan Rodriguez – but for performance-enhancing drug (PEDs, steroids) usage.

The guy at No. 1 would have found his way into the Hall, too, but for the greatest sin against the integrity of the game – gambling. Pete Rose played in 23 Opening Days for three different teams.

Then you have Harold Baines and Joe Judge, interlopers.

Carl Yastrzemski and Hank Aaron round out the top three with 22 Opening Days played.

Hey, baseball has three or four Opening Days, so why not celebrate one more time here at Sports List of the Day: Players with the most Opening Day home runs coming up tomorrow…

PLAYER OPENING DAYS PLAYED FOR (SEASONS)
1. Pete Rose 23 Cincinnati Reds (1963-1978, 1985); Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983); Montreal Expos (1984)
2. Carl Yastrzemski 22 Boston Red Sox (1961-1980, 1982, 1983)
2. Hank Aaron 22 Milwaukee Braves (1954-1964); Atlanta Braves (1966-1974); Milwaukee Brewers (1975, 1976)
4. Stan Musial 21 St. Louis Cardinals (1942-1944, 1946-1963)
4. Eddie Murray 21 Baltimore Orioles (1977-1988); Los Angeles Dodgers (1989-1991); New York Mets (1992, 1993); Cleveland Indians (1994-1996); Anaheim Angels (1997)
4. Willie Mays 21 New York Giants (1952, 1954-1957); San Francisco Giants (1958-1972); New York Mets (1973)
4. Al Kaline 21 Detroit Tigers (1954-1974)
4. Rickey Henderson 21 Oakland A’s (1980-1984, 1990-1995, 1998); New York Yankees (1986-1989); San Diego Padres (1996, 1997); New York Mets (1999, 2000); Boston Red Sox (2002)
4. Ken Griffey 21 Seattle Mariners (1989-1999, 2009, 2010); Cincinnati Reds (2000-2003, 2005-2008)
10. Dave Winfield 20 San Diego Padres (1974-1980); New York Yankees (1981-1988, 1990); California Angels (1991); Toronto Blue Jays (1992); Minnesota Twins (1993, 1994)
10. Gary Sheffield 20 Milwaukee Brewers (1989-1991); San Diego Padres (1992, 1993); Florida Marlins (1994-1998); Los Angeles Dodgers (1999-2001); Atlanta Braves (2002, 2003); New York Yankees (2004-2006); Detroit Tigers (2007, 2008)
10. Ivan Rodriguez 20 Texas Rangers (1992-2002); Florida Marlins (2003); Detroit Tigers (2004-2008); Houston Astros (2009); Washington Nationals (2010, 2011)
10. Frank Robinson 20 Cincinnati Reds (1956-1965); Baltimore Orioles (1966-1971); Los Angeles Dodgers (1972); California Angels (1973, 1974); Cleveland Indians (1975)
10. Brooks Robinson 20 Baltimore Orioles (1957-1976)
10. Cal Ripken 20 Baltimore Orioles (1982-2001)
10. Joe Morgan 20 Houston Astros (1965-1971, 1980); Cincinnati Reds (1972-1979); San Francisco Giants (1981, 1982); Philadelphia Phillies (1983); Oakland A’s (1984)
10. Barry Bonds 20 Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-1992); San Francisco Giants (1993-2004, 2006, 2007)
10. Harold Baines 20 Chicago White Sox (1980-1989, 1997); Texas Rangers (1990); Oakland A’s (1991, 1992); Baltimore Orioles (1993-1995, 1998-2000)
19. Robin Yount 19 Milwaukee Brewers (1974-1977, 1979-1993)
19. Omar Vizquel 19 Seattle Mariners (1989, 1991-1993); Cleveland Indians (1994-2004); San Francisco Giants (2005-2007); Toronto Blue Jays (2012)
19. Willie Stargell 19 Pittsburgh Pirates (1964-1982)
19. Graig Nettles 19 Minnesota Twins (1969); Cleveland Indians (1970-1972); New York Yankees (1973-1983); San Diego Padres (1984-1986); Montreal Expos (1988)
19. Joe Judge 19 Washington Senators I (1916-1932); Brooklyn Dodgers (1933); Boston Red Sox (1934)
19. Rogers Hornsby 19 St. Louis Cardinals (1916-1926); New York Giants (1927); Boston Braves (1928); Chicago Cubs (1929-1931); St. Louis Browns (1934, 1935, 1937)
19. Craig Biggio 19 Houston Astros (1989-2007)

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