Age undoubtedly plays a large role in the efficiency of a professional athlete. As the years slowly creep up, Father time takes its hold and never lets go. However, in the game of baseball, we’re still seeing grey-haired players light up scoreboards with their impressive strokes. Arguably, it may not be as physically-demanding as soccer or football, but it’s still a tried-and-true game that requires the very best out of an athlete.
It never ceases to amaze me when I see guys like Ichiro Suzuki and David Ortiz continue to take the field. The fact that they’re in their “grizzled” age and are still producing runs just polishes their already established legacy. It’s an incredible feat, no doubt about that. And, it doesn’t hurt that the grossly enormous amounts of money that they’re being paid allows them to live whatever lifestyle that they please. But, that’s just secondary, right?
In this list, I’ll cover the MLB’s oldest players that are still valiantly serving their teams. Surprisingly, but not so surprisingly, many of these players still provide a spark to their team and continue to be relied on – as evidenced by their contracts. But, baseball’s always been a sport that’s been filled with older players. Most recently, veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer retired in 2012 at the age of 49 – in which he was the oldest pitcher in the history of the MLB to record a win. And then you have Satchel Paige, who played until the elderly age of 59. Baseball remains a sport that continues to showcase the incredible willpower and physical strength of these ageless athletes. They say age is just a number. In the game of baseball, it truly is.
15 Adrian Beltre (Apr. 7, 1979)
14 John Lackey (Oct. 23, 1978)
13 David Ross (Mar. 19, 1977)
12 Carlos Beltran (Apr. 24, 1977)
11 Buddy Carlyle (Dec. 21, 1977)
10 Joel Peralta (Mar. 23, 1976)
9 Matt Thornton (Sept. 15, 1976)
8 Jason Grilli (Nov. 11, 1976)
7 A.J. Pierzynski (Dec. 30, 1976)
6 Koji Uehara (Apr. 3, 1975)
5 Alex Rodriguez (July 27, 1975)
4 David Ortiz (Nov. 18 1975)
3 R.A. Dickey (Oct. 29, 1974)
2 Ichiro Suzuki (Oct. 22, 1973)
1 Bartolo Colon (May 24, 1973)
Bartolo Colon is the oldest active player in the major league. “Big Sexy” as he’s known by his teammates, is still delivering his trademark fastball. And, while it’s not topping 100 miles per hours anymore, he still remains an arguably productive option in the rotation. His most recent memorable moment came after he was caught in a 50-game PED suspension in 2012. The following year he bounced back, going 18-6 with 3 shutouts and a 2.65 era. Now, we may never see Colon launch Aroldis Chapman-like fastballs anymore, but we do have the guilty pleasure of watching his perfect swing.
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