Now if Rhodes really has reached the end of the line, he leaves behind a 20-year resume in the bigs. For giggles, let's look at the box score from his major league debut: August 21, 1991 vs. the Rangers at Arlington Stadium.
|Baltimore Orioles||Texas Rangers|
|1||Mike Devereaux||CF||1||Gary Pettis||CF|
|2||Joe Orsulak||LF||2||Julio Franco||2B|
|3||Cal Ripken||SS||3||Ruben Sierra||RF|
|4||Glenn Davis||DH||4||Juan Gonzalez||LF|
|5||Randy Milligan||1B||5||Brian Downing||DH|
|6||Chito Martinez||RF||6||Dean Palmer||3B|
|7||Leo Gomez||3B||7||Mike Stanley||1B|
|8||Bob Melvin||C||8||Ivan Rodriguez||C|
|9||Billy Ripken||2B||9||Jose Hernandez||SS|
|Arthur Rhodes P||Kevin Brown P|
Incredibly, Ivan Rodriguez is still playing, grinding along as the Nationals' second catcher; he's collected 2,793 hits in 2,486 games since that one. Cal Ripken, Jr. has been in the Hall of Fame since 2007. Bob Melvin is now in his eighth season as a manager. Practically everyone in that Rangers lineup played until they were 50 years old, including Brian Downing, who debuted with the White Sox in 1973 and hung 'em up in 1992 at age 41. So between Rhodes and Downing, you've got nearly 40 years of continuous baseball history represented in a single game. And of course, the late Johnny Oates was managing the O's. They've had nine other skippers since. Eight of them have never managed a winning Orioles team.