Ichiro and the 7 Current Major Leaguers Most Associated with One City

Nick HouserCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2012

Ichiro and the 7 Current Major Leaguers Most Associated with One City

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    According to Yes Network's Jack Curry, the Seattle Mariners have traded Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees, marking the end of Suzuki's Seattle chapter—the only chapter in his Major League Baseball career after 12 years.

    In this day and age, it's unprecedented for a player to remain with a team for the life of his career.

    Many felt Suzuki would be an exception.

    As of July 23 he'll suit up in pinstripes, relocating across the nation to New York, where the fences are easier to clear but the expectations are insanely higher.

    Regardless of how each franchise is graded for the move, the city of Seattle likely will be hurting at the loss of the face of their franchise, their hero and a superstar athlete.

    Suzuki is one of a select few in baseball who has been synonymous with one team, one city.

    Here are six more MLB players who, if traded, would impact their current fanbases exponentially.

Honorable Mentions

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    David Ortiz

    The Boston Red Sox DH actually had stints with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins before becoming a superstar at Fenway.

    Since he joined the team in 2003—and three World Series rings later—he's likely made many forget he ever played anywhere else.

     

    Joe Mauer

    The Minnesota Twins catcher certainly can be in this conversation.

    His contributions to the organization have made him the easiest and most obvious face of the franchise.

    His only knock at this point is that he's only played in the league for nine years.

Chipper Jones

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    Chipper Jones debuted in 1993 for the Atlanta Braves.

    After 20 years, he's announced he will retire at the end of the 2012 season—with the Atlanta Braves.

    This is remarkable.

    During his time with Atlanta, Jones has been an All-Star, a Silver Slugger, a batting champion, an MVP and a World Series champion—not to mention he holds the Braves franchise record for on-base percentage and will likely end his career with a batting average above .300.

    He's been nothing but fun to watch. Jones is one of the best to play the game, and he does so with class.

Derek Jeter

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    Call him Mr. November, Captain Clutch or the new Mr. Yankee, Derek Jeter has dazzled in his 18-year career with the New York Yankees.

    As if being a Yankee isn't enough, he's a good looking shortstop (one of the most highly recognized positions in baseball) to boot.

    World Series rings? Check.

    All-Star? Yeah, he's done that.

    Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers, Hank Aaron Award, Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, World Series MVP, Roberto Clemente Award—you name it, Derek Jeter has done it.

    Jeter maintains a career .313 batting average, has over 3,000 hits and leads the Yankees in the latter statistic.

    It wouldn't look right seeing him in any other uniform.

Mariano Rivera

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    If one New York Yankee wasn't enough to make the list, here's a second.

    Mariano Rivera isn't as good looking as Derek Jeter. He doesn't date gorgeous celebrities. He doesn't even play every day.

    But what he does do, is nail down save after save.

    Rivera is the current all-time leader in saves with 608. He also owns the most postseason saves and has won nearly as many awards as Jeter.

    And he's done so with only one team.

Todd Helton

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    Todd Helton might not be the biggest name in baseball. After all, he hasn't even won a World Series.

    Instead, he has quietly racked up statistics for himself—all as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

    After a 16-year career, Helton is Colorado's record holder in over a half-dozen categories including hits, home runs and RBI.

    Helton only has 354 total home runs and is more than 500 hits away from 3,000. But what he's provided the Rockies in terms of character and heart are unmatched.

Jimmy Rollins

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    Jimmy Rollins debuted for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000 and hasn't played for anyone else.

    During the 2011 offseason, there was speculation Rollins would be moving on.

    It's good for baseball that he didn't.

    Rollins wouldn't look right guarding the middle of the infield in any other uniform.

    The three-time All-Star and World Series winner once hit safely in 38 straight games, a Philadelphia record.

Michael Young

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    Michael Young has done everything the Texas Rangers have asked him to do.

    Debuting at second base in 2000, Young moved to shortstop three years later. The team eventually called up Elvis Andrus to takeover shortstop duties, moving Young to third base.

    The Rangers then signed free agent Adrian Beltre, pushing Young to a utility role.

    The two sides hashed out lingering issues regarding Young's displeasure and the team's intentions to trade him, and since then, he's gone on to fill in nicely.

    He's played second, short, third and first. He's been the DH and pinch hit.

    Young has achieved over 100 hits in every season but two. This includes six seasons of 200 or more hits.

    Never letting his position on the field affect his morale, Young keeps a career batting average over .300 and acts as a clubhouse leader.

    His experience and knowledge of the game are invaluable.