Thanks to reader Ted Hatch for scanning the roster and pointing this out, as it is something I hadn’t considered since the Pirates declined options on Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm. Before those two players became free agents, they were the only two players left that had played with the Pirates before the 2008 season.
Your most senior Pirate now? Evan Meek.
Now, a quick clarification — in this case, we’re defining ‘most senior’ as the player who first dented the team’s 25-man roster longest ago. There were other players who were in the organization before Meek, but they were still in the Minors when Meek made his first appearance in Pittsburgh.
If someone is looking for a research project, I’d be interested to learn whether there are any other teams that, like the Pirates, have no players left that were on that team’s 25-man roster before ’08. While player movement is normal, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pirates have had the most turnover during this four-year span.
So who follows Meek in this ‘most senior’ order? Well, Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf were the only other current Pirates to join the Major League club during that 2008 season. Ohlendorf, of course, has a very tenuous hold on a roster spot and may no longer be with the Pirates in a few weeks. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Jason Jaramillo, Neil Walker, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen, Joel Hanrahan all joined the big league team in Pittsburgh in 2009.
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