In today's game, where franchises offer millions of dollars for players to come and play for them, it is rare that an athlete stays with one team for more than five years at a time; even that could be considered a long time.Loyalty is a hard thing to find in sports. Guys like Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, who played their entire Hall of Fame careers with one franchise, just don't come around much anymore.Here are the ten best current players who have played for one franchise for their entire career to date. Note: Players who have played for less than nine years were not considered.Begin Slideshow
This season has been extremely frustrating for the Phillies and their fans. The team that has won five straight National League East titles now sits in last place in the division and continues to find new ways to lose games. The Phillies are 28th in the league in runners left in scoring position per game. Not only can the team not drive in runs, but their pitching staff hasn't been as dominant as expected. Roy Halladay is on the DL, but even before that he was struggling. Cliff Lee is still winless and has struggled to locate his pitches. The man who used to go games without walking a batter now has put too many runners on base and then has allowed them to score.The bullpen has been horrendous, ranking 25th in the league in bullpen ERA. The team finally designated Chad Qualls for assignment, but he isn't the only ...
Fans vote for the starters in the MLB All-Star game which means one thing: it's a popularity contest. Year after year we see the American League starters as a Yankees and Red Sox All-Star team featuring Ichiro or Josh Hamilton. There are usually a few guys who get a deserving start, but it's rare that the fans get it right all the way through. The 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City is under a month away, so here are the players who, as of now, deserve to be starting.Begin Slideshow