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Long-tenured players a rarity

While there are still some players who have long tenures with one team, it's far from a large number.

Originally Published: May 27, 2004
By Steven Schulman | Special to ESPN.com

Rob Neyer is on vacation. Two guest columns will run in his place on Thursday and Friday of this week.

A few weeks ago, Ben McGrath wrote an essay in The New Yorker about knuckleball pitchers. Not surprisingly, McGrath focused on Tim Wakefield, the best (of two) knuckleballers in the majors today.

The article did have one surprise, however, and it had nothing to do with the knuckleball. What floored me is that Wakefield, now in his 10th season with the Red Sox, has been with the club ...

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