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How many players have played in the major leagues throughout history?

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2015-07-15 18:52:40
2015-07-15 18:52:40

According to <HTTP: ballplayer.shtml players www.baseball-almanac.com>, 16,219.

Quite an interesting site the above is. As of the start of the 2007 season, there have been 16,440 players in MLB. And for some useless trivia, there has never been an MLB player whose last name started with 'X'.

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