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How about Jochen Hecht? I feel like if I weren't a Sabres fan, I wouldn't have heard his name in the last ten years, but he has racked up over 800 games.

If you go to the Wikipedia list for active games played leaders for the NHL, about half of them are guys that were never very good or haven't been good in a while.

My winner from that list is Radek Dvorak. Came into the league in 95-96. He scored 31 goals in 2000-2001, but never even got to 20 in any other season. He has played for seven different teams (plus a second stint with the Panthers). He has 1200 games played.

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As far as relievers go, who are good at toiling in obscurity for years, I think of Terry Mulholland, Mike Stanton, and of course Captain Wacky, later renamed Mike Marshall.

Cliff Ronning hung out in the NHL for like 20 years and never really did anything.

Eh, Terry Mulholland pitched a no-hitter for the Phillies and was their #1 started during their world series run of 1993 (until close to the end, when Curt Schilling moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation.) Dude also had the most wicked side-step pickoff move I've ever seen in all my years of watching baseball. Still, I had no idea he bounced around and hung on for as many seasons as he did in his post-Phillies career. I even forgot that he had a second stint here.

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Is it too soon (or even worth it) to add Drew Gooden to this list?

Dude got all-rookie his first season in like '01 or '02 or something and since then...done pretty much became the next Chris Gatling.

Quick—what team does he play for right now? No cheating!

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Current Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins was losing picther in 1998 during David Wells perfect game, still pitching and I thought he retired five years ago.

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Current Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins was losing picther in 1998 during David Wells perfect game, still pitching and I thought he retired five years ago.

That's a good one. I was stunned years ago to realize he was still around. He was a disappointment...was considered a good starting prospect, but put together a decent career out of the pen.

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He isn't active, but I gotta think Darrell Evans had about the quietest 414 HR career of anyone in baseball. He played 20 years, won a World Series ring with the Tigers in 1984, he was the first player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues, he was the oldest player (38) to lead the AL in home runs - yet I bet a lot of people here have never heard of him. Bill James called Evans the most underrated player in baseball history.

Trivia: If memory serves, I think Evans was on base when Hank Aaron hit #715. (I'm sure Kramera-billy or pmoehrin will correct me if I'm wrong) He is one of my all-time favorite players.

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Just thought about another name for this list while I was out an about earlier.... Otis Nixon.

Debuted in 83, last game was in 99. Never made an All-Star game, and has the most stolen bases by anyone to have not made one. He shares the single game stolen base record with 6. 16 years for a guy that was known almost entirely for his speed is pretty impressive, especially when you consider he had a cocaine problem while in the league.

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He isn't active, but I gotta think Darrell Evans had about the quietest 414 HR career of anyone in baseball. He played 20 years, won a World Series ring with the Tigers in 1984, he was the first player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues, he was the oldest player (38) to lead the AL in home runs - yet I bet a lot of people here have never heard of him. Bill James called Evans the most underrated player in baseball history.

Trivia: If memory serves, I think Evans was on base when Hank Aaron hit #715. (I'm sure Kramera-billy or pmoehrin will correct me if I'm wrong) He is one of my all-time favorite players.

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I've heard of him. But I am 43 and had an autographed Darrell Evans baseball glove as a kid. Always liked him.

I was going to nominate this guy.

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Not a stellar career, but Jerry Reuss DID play 20 seasons, was a two-time All Star and won a World Series with the Dodgers.

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7× All-Star (2004–2009, 2011)

Gold Glove Award winner (2008)

2005 American League batting champion

2006 MLB All-Star Game MVP

2x Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award (2008, 2011)

Yet I've never thought about Michael Young in my life.

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Marcus Camby is more a "He's still playing?" guy than a unremarkable career guy. He's a forward who had important playoff games in New York. Guys like that tend to remain semi-important, even if they aren't superstars.

Hakin Warrick is a good one. He's done a while lot of nothing since joining the league in 2004. He's nearing a decade in the league without a single notable highlight. That almost takes skill.

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Steve DeBerg... even though the guy is probably in his 50s by now, if I found out he was holding the clipboard for any NFL QB (or even starting for someone like the Browns or Bills), it probably wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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Marcus Camby is more a "He's still playing?" guy than a unremarkable career guy. He's a forward who had important playoff games in New York. Guys like that tend to remain semi-important, even if they aren't superstars.

Hakin Warrick is a good one. He's done a whole lot of nothing since joining the league in 2004. He's nearing a decade in the league without a single notable highlight. That almost takes skill.

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Steve DeBerg... even though the guy is probably in his 50s by now, if I found out he was holding the clipboard for any NFL QB (or even starting for someone like the Browns or Bills), it probably wouldn't surprise me in the least.

I remember seeing him on i think the falcons a few years ago or whenever he was last actively playing and saying 'he's still playing?'

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