Baseball is a numbers oriented sport. The number in the heading, 17,421 is the number of players to play Major League baseball to this point. How do I know that?
I went on www.baseballreference.com and counted them. It took me 11 days to do so.
You believe me don't you?
Well, it is true, 17,421 guys have played in the big leagues, from the 1,484 players who have played in just one career game to Pete Rose who played in 3,562 games.
No, I really didn't count all the players. They have it listed on the front page of www.baseballreference.com.
Another tidbit about the 17,421 men who have played Major League baseball? One of them wasn't me.