I've been following and enjoying Michael Cuddyer's weekly web column for FSNorth. I often get behind and catch up on a few weeks' worth at once. Today, I read the two most recent columns, including this one from June 29th: "Teammate bonds stand test of time". In it, he remarks:
If I had to guess, I would say I have had more than 100 teammates since I began my major league career, and I have played for only one team!
Well, that's the kind of info that I can muscle my way through a bunch of data to find! Just a few hours on b-r.com!
In honor of Cuddy's All-Star selection, I present the following list of all 172 players that have been Michael Cuddyer's active-roster teammate on the Twins for at least one day.
The number following their names is the number of games each player played on the Twins from 2001-July 5, 2011. (It does not represent the number of games for which Cuddyer and each player shared spots on the active roster.) Cuddy has played in 1080 games so far.
I noticed one thing in Cuddyer's list of some players he has been teammates with:
I reached the big leagues in 2001 and have seen so many players put on the Twins uniform since the day I first did. I have played with such guys as Chad Allen, Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter, Corey Koskie, Joe Mays, Jesse Orosco, Jacque Jones, Joe Mauer, Shannon Stewart, Ruben Sierra, Nick Punto, Mike Redmond, Matt Guerrier . . . and the list goes on and on.
Well, you won't see Chad Allen's name in my list. That's because Chad Allen went on the 15-day DL on 8-15-01, and was moved to the 60-day DL on 8-29-01. Allen signed with the Clevelands before the 2002 season, and would never play for the Twins again. Cuddy was added to the (expanded) active roster on Sept 21, 2001 (he made his debut on Sept 23), when Casey Blake was claimed off waivers by the Orioles. It doesn't even look like they were ever on the same minor-league team. I assume that Allen was there in the dugout and clubhouse that first week after Cuddy made his debut.