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Stat corner: Most games played at each position

We’ll take a break this week from looking at one of those newfangled analytical stats and go with something simple: Who played the most games at each position?

Here are the top five for each, along with the highest active player (through Thursday):

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Catcher

1. Ivan Rodriguez, 2,427

2. Carlton Fisk, 2,226

3. Bob Boone, 2,225

4. Gary Carter, 2,056

5. Jason Kendall, 2,025

14. Yadier Molina, 1,798

First base

1. Eddie Murray, 2,413

2. Jake Beckley, 2,383

3. Fred McGriff, 2,239

4. Mickey Vernon, 2,237

5. Todd Helton, 2,178

37. Albert Pujols, 1,793

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Second base

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

13. Robinson Cano, 1,995

Third base

1. Brooks Robinson, 2,870

2. Adrian Beltre, 2,745

3. Graig Nettles, 2,412

4. Gary Gaetti, 2,282

5. Wade Boggs, 2,215

Shortstop

1. Omar Vizquel, 2,709

2. Derek Jeter, 2,674

3. Luis Aparicio, 2,581

4. Ozzie Smith, 2,511

5. Cal Ripken Jr., 2,302

49. Jose Reyes, 1,622

Left field

1. Barry Bonds, 2,715

2. Rickey Henderson, 2,421

3. Luis Gonzalez, 2,418

4. Zack Wheat, 2,328

5. Lou Brock, 2,161

13. Matt Holliday, 1,698

Center field

1. Willie Mays, 2,829

2. Tris Speaker. 2,691

3. Steve Finley, 2,314

4. Willie Davis, 2,239

5. Ken Griffey Jr., 2,145

29. Adam Jones, 1,588

Right field

1. Roberto Clemente, 2,305

2. Paul Waner, 2,250

3. Harry Hooper, 2,183

4. Hank Aaron, 2,174

5. Mel Ott, 2,161

13. Nick Markakis, 1,892

Pitcher

1. Jesse Orosco, 1,252

2. Mike Stanton, 1,178

3. John Franco, 1,119

4. Mariano Rivera, 1,115

5. Dennis Eckersley, 1,071

34. Fernando Rodney, 874

DH

1. David Ortiz, 2,029

2. Harold Baines, 1,643

3. Hal McRae, 1,426

4. Edgar Martinez, 1,403

5. Frank Thomas, 1,310

15. Kendrys Morales, 782

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