32 years old used to be a lot younger in MLB

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By Bill Chuck

Special to the Sun-Times

So you are looking around for some free-agent hitters or perhaps looking to pick one up in a trade and you happen to notice that this hitter’s contract will take him to about 35 or 36 years old.

Well that’s not too old….

Or is it?

32 years old used to be a lot younger

Guess how many batter 32 or older hit over .300 last season? Eight? Nine? Six? I think they are all good guesses. All wrong, but I think they are good because I would have made those guesses as well.

There were three: Adrian BeltreVictor Martinez, and Justin Morneau.

No, back in the day, all the way the back in 2001, there were 15, but those days have been disposed of… kind of like a used syringe.

15 seasons of .300 hitters who were 32+ years old

RkYear#
1200115Roberto Alomar / Moises Alou / Barry Bonds / Bret Boone / Jeff Conine / Luis Gonzalez /
Edgar Martinez / Fred McGriff / John Olerud / Mike Piazza / Gary Sheffield /
Sammy Sosa /Fernando Vina / Larry Walker / Bernie Williams
2200713Orlando Cabrera / Vladimir Guerrero / Todd Helton / Derek Jeter / Chipper Jones /
Jeff Kent /Mike Lowell / Magglio Ordonez / Jorge Posada / Ichiro Suzuki / Jose Vidro /
Randy Winn /Dmitri Young
3200912Luis Castillo / Todd Helton / Derek Jeter / Carlos Lee / Derrek Lee / Magglio Ordonez /
A.J. Pierzynski / Scott Podsednik / Scott Rolen / Ichiro Suzuki / Miguel Tejada /
Michael Young
4200812Lance Berkman / Johnny Damon / Brian Giles / Vladimir Guerrero / Derek Jeter / Chipper Jones /
Magglio Ordonez / Placido Polanco / Manny Ramirez / Alex Rodriguez / Ichiro Suzuki /
Randy Winn
5200611Jamey Carroll / Jermaine Dye / Nomar Garciaparra / Todd Helton / Derek Jeter / Paul Lo Duca /
Kenny Lofton / Manny Ramirez / Ivan Rodriguez / Ichiro Suzuki / Miguel Tejada
6200011Roberto Alomar / Moises Alou / Jeff Bagwell / Barry Bonds / Will Clark / Andres Galarraga /
Luis Gonzalez / Jeff Kent / Edgar Martinez / David Segui / Frank Thomas
720049Barry Bonds / Jim Edmonds / Raul Ibanez / Javy Lopez / Mark Loretta / Melvin Mora /
Manny Ramirez / Ivan Rodriguez / Tony Womack
820028Barry Bonds / Ellis Burks / Jim Edmonds / Jeff Kent / John Olerud / Gary Sheffield / Larry Walker /
Bernie Williams
920137Adrian Beltre / Michael Cuddyer / Matt Holliday / Torii Hunter / Victor Martinez /
David Ortiz /
Jayson Werth
1020117Carlos Beltran / Lance Berkman / Paul Konerko / Victor Martinez / David Ortiz / Aramis Ramirez /
Michael Young
1120036Barry Bonds / Luis Gonzalez / Marquis Grissom / Mark Grudzielanek / Bill Mueller / Gary Sheffield
1220125Adrian Beltre / Torii Hunter / Derek Jeter / Aramis Ramirez / Marco Scutaro
1320054Brady Clark / Carlos Delgado / Brian Giles / Ken Griffey
1420143Adrian Beltre / Victor Martinez / Justin Morneau
1520103Vladimir Guerrero / Paul Konerko / Ichiro Suzuki

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Generated 11/11/2014.It’s hardly better when it comes to 32+ year old 30+ HR hitters

RkYear#
1200413Moises Alou / Barry Bonds / Jeromy Burnitz / Vinny Castilla / Carlos Delgado / Jim Edmonds /
Steve Finley / Chipper Jones / Manny Ramirez / Gary Sheffield / Sammy Sosa / Jim Thome /
Jose Valentin
2200112Jeff Bagwell / Barry Bonds / Bret Boone / Jeromy Burnitz / Luis Gonzalez / Tino Martinez /
Fred McGriff / Rafael Palmeiro / Mike Piazza / Gary Sheffield / Sammy Sosa / Larry Walker
3200012Moises Alou / Jeff Bagwell / Barry Bonds / Steve Finley / Luis Gonzalez / David Justice /
Eric Karros / Jeff Kent / Edgar Martinez / Rafael Palmeiro / Frank Thomas / Mo Vaughn
4200311Jeff Bagwell / Barry Bonds / Bret Boone / Jeromy Burnitz / Jim Edmonds / Jason Giambi /
Rafael Palmeiro / Gary Sheffield / Sammy Sosa / Frank Thomas / Jim Thome
520028Jeff Bagwell / Barry Bonds / Ellis Burks / Jeff Kent / Fred McGriff / Rafael Palmeiro / Mike Piazza /
Sammy Sosa
620127Adrian Beltre / Carlos Beltran / Adam Dunn / Adam LaRoche / Albert Pujols / Alfonso Soriano /
Josh Willingham
720067Carlos Delgado / Jermaine Dye / Jason Giambi / Raul Ibanez / Manny Ramirez / Frank Thomas /
Jim Thome
820086Carlos Delgado / Jermaine Dye / Jason Giambi / Manny Ramirez / Alex Rodriguez / Jim Thome
920056Carlos Delgado / Cliff Floyd / Jason Giambi / Ken Griffey / Manny Ramirez / Gary Sheffield
1020144Jose Bautista / Nelson Cruz / Victor Martinez / David Ortiz
1120134Adrian Beltre / Adam Dunn / David Ortiz / Alfonso Soriano
1220094Russell Branyan / Raul Ibanez / Derrek Lee / Alex Rodriguez
1320113Adrian Beltre / Lance Berkman / Paul Konerko
1420103Paul Konerko / David Ortiz / Alex Rodriguez
1520072Ken Griffey / Jim Thome

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Generated 11/11/2014.32 is the new 35

Teams and fans have to realize now that whatever they are still getting from their 32, 33, 34 and 35-year old players in terms of premium production is, well simply good fortune.

And, we can only assume that luck lasts for only so long. The drop off appears be significant… so

watch

out

below.

Nine to Know: Lowest BA 29-32 year olds in 2014

PlayerBAAgeTmGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOGDPOBPSLGOPS
B.J. Upton.20829ATL141582519671081951235571736.287.333.620
Allen Craig.21529TOT12650546141992018463511314.279.315.594
Brian McCann.23230NYY140538495571151512375327716.286.406.692
Brandon Moss.23430OAK147580500701172322581671536.334.438.772
Shin-Soo Choo.24231TEX123529455581101911340581319.340.374.714
Chase Headley.24330TOT1355314705511420113495112217.328.372.700
Miguel Montero.24330ARI136560489401192301372569712.329.370.699
Aaron Hill.24432ARI133541501521222631060289216.287.367.654
Jed Lowrie.24930OAK13656650259125293650517914.321.355.676

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Generated 11/12/2014.

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