MLB: 25 Players Who Waited Too Long to Retire from Baseball

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MLB: 25 Players Who Waited Too Long to Retire from Baseball
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Baseball is more forgiving than other sports in regards to longevity. Whereas the average football or basketball career may not be more than ten years, baseball players have careers that regularly exceed 15 years, at times even going more than 20.

Because of this, it is often a difficult decision in deciding when to hang up the glove and cleats and call it a career. Many baseball players have tried to squeeze a few more years out of themselves with very mixed results.

But today, we will focus on those whose attempts to keep playing backfired. Their reputations weren't necessarily tarnished, but the unimpressive years at the end of a career certainly don't look appealing on a stat sheet or in the memory bank.

Here are 25 players, almost all of whom are household names, who simply held on for too long.

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