George Springer and Kevin Kiermaier
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Blue Jays make big announcement regarding 3 veterans

Published May 7, 2024 at 7:52 PM
BY MAVERICK MITCHELL
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Kevin Kiermaier, George Springer and Kevin Gausman have reached a big milestone this season by achieving 10-years of MLB service.

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joined the 10-year club in the season's first month! Hear more from Kevin Gausman, Kevin Kiermaier and George Springer as they each reflect on achieving the milestone.




There is a tradition is Toronto where the Blue Jays will continually stock up on cake, champagne, and heartfelt testimonials to celebrate their players' milestones.

10-years of service is a special milestone as only 1,600 players in MLB history out of more than 23,000 overall have reached this accomplishment.

George Springer was joined by pitcher Kevin Gausman and Kevin Kiermaier this season to reach 10-years. this is what each of them had to say when sked about it.

Springer:
Having a chance to play Major League Baseball is an absolute honor. It's a privilege. Anybody that gets that chance should really enjoy it and not take putting on a big league jersey for granted. One thing that's stuck with me throughout my career was something Adam Jones said to me. When he got his 10 years I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that's an amazing accomplishment.' And he looked me in the face and said, ‘Kid, just play every game as if it were your last one, and while you do it, have fun.' I've really kind of embraced that.

Kiermaier:
It's amazing to think about my journey. I was drafted in the 31st round back in 2010 -- the 941st pick overall. All I saw at that time was an opportunity. I developed this mindset in junior college when I decided I wanted to get drafted. It was a life-changing moment for me committing my life to baseball.

I always tell people, ‘I'm not the best or most talented player on the field. But I play as hard as anyone and I care more than anyone.' That's why I'm here today. It's been a heck of a ride and it's not done yet.

Gausman:
There were a lot of times in my career when this seemed like a longshot for me. The percentage of guys is pretty small, so it's a cool accomplishment. I played with guys like Nick Markakis and Adam Jones who set the tone, and you saw the way they went about it and got to 10 years. I was lucky enough to be locker mates with Nick his last two years in Baltimore. It was fun to watch him go about his business.

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