3 players with most games played without reaching playoffs have Phillies ties


Three players with Philadelphia Phillies ties now find themselves atop an unfortunate leaderboard.

Lifetime Seattle Mariner Kyle Seager announced his retirement -- via his wife's Twitter -- Wednesday. The former All-Star third baseman played 1,480 games in his career, and never reached the postseason. He had been the active leader of regular season games played without playing in a single playoff game.

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With that, Casey Feeney of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes that the new top three on the leaderboard in the unfortunate category all have Phillies ties -- Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto and Maikel Franco.

While Segura has made two All-Star teams and racked up 1,381 hits in parts of 10 seasons, he's yet to play in a playoff game. Segura has spent the last three seasons with the Phillies, and he's also had stints with the Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. The 31-year-old is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, though the Phillies have a $17 million club option on Segura's pact for 2023.

Realmuto made his third All-Star team in 2021, and leads all catchers in fWAR since the start of the 2017 season. But while he's been baseball's best catcher over the last half decade, Realmuto has split his career between the Phillies and Miami Marlins. The 30-year-old has played in 866 regular season games over eight seasons, but he's never reached the playoffs. Realmuto has four years and $95.5 million left on his contract.

Franco hit 102 home runs in parts of six seasons with the Phillies spanning from 2014-2019, though the team never posted a winning record over that period. He's played with the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles over the last two seasons. Franco was actually in the Atlanta Braves organization during the final month of the 2021 season, as they inked him to a minor-league deal once he was released by the Orioles. But while Franco did play in 10 games at the Triple-A level for the Braves, he never appeared in a regular season game for the major league team, let alone take part in their World Series run.

Franco recently signed a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals, and if he makes their major league roster for the 2022 season, there's a good chance he'll play on another team that won't reach the postseason.

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