Players who reach 10 years of major-league service time are statistical superheroes: Fewer than 10% in baseball history have played for a decade or more.
This season we will be recognizing all the Baseball X-Men who achieve this milestone. Here are April's honorees:
Two-time All-Star Jonathan Lucroy navigated his 10 years of major league service with the Milwaukee Brewers and seven other teams. In 2014, he finished fourth in National League MVP balloting and set a single-season record for catchers with 53 doubles. Jonathan was a member of the Team USA squad that beat Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic title in 2017.
Craig Kimbrel has made a habit of dominating hitters since he broke into the majors with Atlanta at age 22. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2011 and has gone on to make seven All-Star teams over a 12-year span with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. He led the NL for four consecutive seasons in saves. Craig's ratio of 14.65 strikeouts per nine innings is second highest in MLB history (minimum: 500 innings pitched) behind Aroldis Chapman.
Buster Posey encountered his biggest career challenge in 2011, when he suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle in a home plate collision. He bounced back like a champion, returning to hit .336 and win the NL MVP Award the following year. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year has won four Silver Slugger Awards and a Gold Glove in 10 years of service time with the San Francisco Giants.
Craig Stammen joins his former University of Dayton teammate Jerry Blevins as a member of the 10-year fraternity. After breaking in as a starter with Washington in 2009, he’s been a bullpen workhorse for the Nationals and the San Diego Padres. Craig logged more than 70 innings in relief six times during an eight-year stretch from 2012 through 2019.
Carlos Carrasco was 16 years old when he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent out of his native Venezuela in 2003. He spent the entirety of his big-league career with the Cleveland Indians before being traded to the New York Mets in January. Carrasco, nicknamed “Cookie,’’ inspired people around the game with his comeback from leukemia two years ago. A true leader on and off the diamond.
As the third overall pick in the 2008 MLB first-year player draft, Eric Hosmer has been a steady two-way performer since the Kansas City Royals summoned him to the majors at age 21. He’s a four-time Gold Glove Award winner and was a leader of the Royals’ 2015 championship team. From 2015-2019, “Hoz’’ appeared in 795 games – the most of any big-league player.
Jake Arrieta, a Texas Christian University product, won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He’s thrown two no-hitters in his career, and has posted a 113-81 record with a 3.74 ERA over parts of 12 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. In 2015, Jake went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA to join Ferguson Jenkins, Bruce Sutter, Rick Sutcliffe and Greg Maddux as the fifth Cubs pitcher to win the NL Cy Young Award.
Massachusetts native Steve Cishek played college ball at Division II Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. With his sidearm delivery and effective sinker, Steve has amassed more than career 600 appearances for the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He set a Marlins' franchise record when he converted 33 straight save opportunities in 2013-2014.