Very few baseball players spend their entire career with one team. Everybody loves the storied careers of lifers like Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks and Cal Ripken Jr., a forever Oriole. Perhaps we're seeing a few of those players now. Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Todd Helton and Michael Young have all spent their careers with one ball club. Some players, even though they're so strongly associated with one team, have played for another. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Ozzy Smith all spent time elsewhere, although sometimes it's hard to remember where.
For many loyal fans, it's hard to even imagine one of our favorite players in any other uniform, but it's a harsh and ugly reality we sometimes have to face. It broke my heart to see Tom Glavine in that Mets uniform and I never got use to it. Next season, we may think how odd Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols look. Or perhaps they'll look exactly the same. Only time will tell.
Baseball players change teams for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes it's their choice, many times not. Free agency, trades, waivers or signing a player who's been cut loose. You never know when or where a player will resurface. Throughout the post season I've seen so many familiar faces. Players that were once an Atlanta Brave are on other teams now. Some came up through the farm system and others via a different avenue. Some were here for awhile. Others, just for a cup of coffee. Let me know if I missed anyone.
Jason Marquis (on the DL, wasn't on the post season roster)
New York Yankees
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays