Friday, March 30, 2012

The MLB on TSC: Who Says There's No Country For Old Men?

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For generation after generation major-league baseball players have been referred to as the "Boys of Summer" and for obvious reasons. Baseball is a game primarily played in the summer and by young men. But every year there are exceptions to the rule and in the case of these exceptions the word "boys" could be deceiving. There are those rare 40-something ballplayers that manage to hang around making contributions and in some cases still being dominant.

As is the case, in life, when you're 40-something you're considered to be in the prime of your life but in professional baseball, being 40-something is like being from the Jurassic or Cretaceous period. So as the 2012 season kicks off, let's give props to some of those dinosaurs that have stood the test of time.

So without further ado, TSC salutes the age-less ones:

JAIME MOYER

Just the simple fact that major-league teams are still looking into him is impressive.

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Born: November 18, 1962 (age 49)
MLB Debut: June 16, 1986

OMAR VIZQUEL

The "kid" from Venezuela still has something in the tank. Or at least, the Toronto Blue Jays think so.

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Born: April 24, 1967 (age 44, soon-to-be 45)
MLB Debut: April 3, 1989

MARIANO RIVERA

With his gifted cutter he might be able to pitch until he's 50. If of course, he wants to hang around that long.

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Born: November 29, 1969 (age 42)
MLB Debut: May 23, 1995

JIM THOME

Thome's ability to still pop one from the left side has kept him employed.

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Born: August 27, 1970 (age 41)
MLB Debut: September 4, 1991

DARREN OLIVER

He can still get you an all-important out when needed.

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Born: October 6, 1970 (age 41)
MLB Debut: September 1, 1993

JASON GIAMBI

See Jim Thome.

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Born: January 8, 1971 (age 41)
MLB Debut: May 8, 1995

As the old cliche goes: 40 is the new 30 or 20 or whatever. Well, in the soon-to-be-fifty Jamie Moyer's case, 50 is the new-- I guess 40?!

Oh and-- my apologies if I missed any other 40-something active player. Is there an Arthur Rhodes or Matt Stairs sighting?

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