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Mike asked in SportsBaseball · 2 months ago

how long can a player stay in minor leagues without ever progressing to the mlb?

how long can a player stay in minor leagues without ever progressing to major leagues?

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  • 2 months ago

    Some Of Them Stay In The Minors Forever.

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  • 2 months ago

    Once you hit 30, leave.

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  • jared
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    As long as they HAVE to lmao

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  • 2 months ago

    Players don't make a livable wage playing in the bus leagues so most hang on until it's apparent they're dream isn't going to be realized.

    Andy Tracy spent 16 seasons playing minor league ball but he was also in the majors for parts of 5 seasons and playing abroad for parts of 5 more seasons.

    Satchel Paige was 59 years old when he took the mound for an A-level team in 1966.

    Brien Taylor, an illiterate drug addict signed by the NY Wankers for $1.55M in 1991 played 7 minor league seasons and never advance beyond A-ball.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Until he gets cut and can't catch on with another club.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    For most their entire professional career is in the minors. Just getting called up to the show 

    or spring training invite is a major accomplishment due to there being so much competition.

    Source(s): I've met several then-current or former MLBers and several college friends have played in the minors.
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  • 2 months ago

    The record may have changed since then but back in 2010 I remember the Dodgers promoted a first baseman named John Lindsey.  I remember legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully eloquently talking about Lindsey's perseverance and the fact that he held the record for most seasons in the minors without making the majors:  16.

    I also recall that in true "Field of Dreams" fashion, Lindsey's MLB career almost ended as a cruel tease.  Making his long-awaited debut, Lindsey was announced as a pinch hitter, walked to the plate for his first-ever MLB at bat and then was promptly removed when the other team brought in a right-handed reliever.

    Luckily, Lindsey was able to stick around long enough to get one major league hit before returning to the minors permanently later that season...

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  • 2 months ago

    For most, it's their entire careers. Most of which are very short, as they they go do something else. If they haven't risen beyond A ball after four or so years, they will go do something else. Many who have a longer career spend years at the Triple A level and may get a temporary call-up here or there, but they never stay with the same organization. If the organization doesn't believe they have what it takes to get to the majors, they are released or they ask for their release so they can get a new shot with another organization.

    It is very rare for guys to still be playing in their mid-30s and never got a taste. There are players in their 30s in Triple A who are winding down their careers, having spent a few years in the majors but are not ready to quit playing.

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  • 2 months ago

    As long as he's willing to stick it out and a team is willing to give him a roster spot. There is no set limit.

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  • Steve
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I think as long as they want to play until they decide to retire. Not every player will make it to the bigs and players are still needed to fill up a minor league team. There are probably situations where an older player is pushed out if they arent producing anymore and they refuse to hang em up yet. Many players that have been in the system for a long time without making it to the bigs probably decide on their own that if it hasnt happened yet, then its not going to happen. They have contracts too, so its just a matter of them not being resigned when they decide to retire from the game.

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