List of Major League Baseball career games played leaders

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Pete Rose, the all-time leader in games played

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.

Ty Cobb was the first player to reach 3,000 games played. Cobb's record of 3,035 games played lasted for 46 seasons, until Hank Aaron would break the record. Aaron's record was subsequently broken by Carl Yastrzemski in 1983, and finally broken the following season by Pete Rose, who currently holds the record for most games played at 3,562. Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, and Cal Ripken, Jr. are the only other players to play in over 3,000 career games.

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 Gs) Number of games played during the 2010 Major League Baseball season.
G Total career games played.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Cal Ripken Jr. played in 3,001 career games, including a record streak of 2,632 consecutive.
  • Stats updated as of September 17, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 Gs) G
1 Pete Rose 3,562
2 Carl Yastrzemski * 3,308
3 Hank Aaron * 3,298
4 Rickey Henderson * 3,081
5 Ty Cobb * 3,035
6 Eddie Murray * 3,026
Stan Musial * 3,026
8 Cal Ripken Jr. * 3,001
9 Willie Mays * 2,992
10 Barry Bonds 2,986
11 Dave Winfield * 2,973
12 Omar Vizquel 2,968
13 Rusty Staub 2,951
14 Adrián Beltré 2,933
15 Brooks Robinson * 2,896
16 Robin Yount * 2,856
17 Craig Biggio * 2,850
18 Al Kaline * 2,834
19 Rafael Palmeiro 2,831
20 Harold Baines * 2,830
21 Eddie Collins * 2,826
22 Reggie Jackson * 2,820
23 Albert Pujols (120) 2,812
24 Frank Robinson * 2,808
25 Honus Wagner * 2,794
26 Tris Speaker * 2,789
27 Alex Rodriguez 2,784
28 Tony Pérez * 2,777
29 Derek Jeter 2,747
30 Mel Ott * 2,730
31 George Brett * 2,707
32 Graig Nettles 2,700
33 Darrell Evans 2,687
34 Paul Molitor * 2,683
35 Ken Griffey, Jr. * 2,671
36 Rabbit Maranville * 2,670
37 Ichiro Suzuki 2,653
38 Joe Morgan * 2,649
39 Andre Dawson * 2,627
40 Lou Brock * 2,616
41 Dwight Evans 2,606
42 Luis Aparicio * 2,599
43 Luis Gonzalez 2,591
44 Willie McCovey * 2,588
45 Carlos Beltrán 2,586
46 Steve Finley 2,583
47 Gary Sheffield 2,576
48 Ozzie Smith * 2,573
49 Paul Waner * 2,549
50 Iván Rodríguez * 2,543
Rank Player (2019 Gs) G
Jim Thome * 2,543
52 Ernie Banks * 2,528
53 Julio Franco 2,527
54 Cap Anson * 2,524
55 Bill Buckner 2,517
Sam Crawford * 2,517
57 Gary Gaetti 2,507
58 Babe Ruth * 2,503
59 Tim Raines * 2,502
60 Carlton Fisk * 2,499
Chipper Jones * 2,499
62 Johnny Damon 2,490
63 Dave Concepción 2,488
Billy Williams * 2,488
65 Nap Lajoie * 2,480
66 Max Carey * 2,476
67 Rod Carew * 2,469
Vada Pinson 2,469
69 Dave Parker 2,466
70 Fred McGriff 2,460
71 Ted Simmons 2,456
72 Bill Dahlen 2,444
73 Ron Fairly 2,442
74 Wade Boggs * 2,440
Tony Gwynn * 2,440
76 Chili Davis 2,436
77 Harmon Killebrew * 2,435
78 Roberto Clemente * 2,433
79 Willie Davis 2,429
80 Bobby Abreu 2,425
81 Luke Appling * 2,422
82 Zack Wheat * 2,410
83 Mickey Vernon 2,409
84 David Ortiz 2,408
85 Buddy Bell 2,405
86 Sam Rice * 2,404
Mike Schmidt * 2,404
88 Mickey Mantle * 2,401
89 Miguel Cabrera (129) 2,393
90 Jake Beckley * 2,392
91 Eddie Mathews * 2,391
92 Lou Whitaker 2,390
93 Bobby Wallace * 2,383
94 Enos Slaughter * 2,380
95 Roberto Alomar * 2,379
96 George Davis * 2,372
Torii Hunter 2,372
98 Al Oliver 2,368
99 Nellie Fox * 2,367
100 Willie Stargell * 2,360

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • "Career Leaders & Records for Games Played". Baseball-Reference.com.