To determine the worst athletes with the longest careers, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from the Sports Reference family of sites on veteran players in the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA who played hundreds of games with the lowest overall contribution to their teams’ success.
We considered NFL players who played in over 100 games, NHL skaters who played in over 500 games, NHL goaltenders who played in over 100 games, MLB pitchers who appeared in over 300 games, MLB batters who played in over 1,000 games, and NBA players who appeared in at least 500 games. Players who earned an All-Star or All-Pro designation were not considered.
Players were selected based on their overall contribution to their teams, as measured by approximate value for NFL players, wins above replacement for MLB players, point shares for NHL players, and win shares for NBA players. Only players who appeared during the modern eras of these leagues were considered.
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