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itsnotrequired
07-16-2007, 08:32 AM
After studying the 5,989 position players who began their careers between 1902 and 1993 and who played 33,272 years of major league baseball, three demographers have come up with an answer: On average, a rookie can expect to play major league baseball for 5.6 years.

Fewer than half of all rookies remain long enough to play a fifth year. And only about 1 percent of players last 20 seasons or more.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/sports/baseball/15careers.html?_r=2&ref=baseball&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

soxfanatlanta
07-16-2007, 09:37 AM
Not including pitchers, or time in the minor leagues make these numbers somewhat less interesting.