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:
Just the simple fact that major-league teams are still looking into him is impressive.
MLB Debut: June 16, 1986
The "kid" from Venezuela still has something in the tank. Or at least, the Toronto Blue Jays think so.
MLB Debut: April 3, 1989
With his gifted cutter he might be able to pitch until he's 50. If of course, he wants to hang around that long.
MLB Debut: May 23, 1995
Thome's ability to still pop one from the left side has kept him employed.
MLB Debut: September 4, 1991
He can still get you an all-important out when needed.
MLB Debut: September 1, 1993
See Jim Thome.
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?