There are a lot of players in the MLB today, but none older than these guys. Each player was chosen by oldest age at their respective position.
-Blanco has never been the main man behind the plate as he’s been with nine teams, but he has made his mark. Never really a scary batter with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs as his high, Blanco has been one of the better defensive catchers in his career. With a .994 career fielding percentage, the man makes hardly any mistakes and that is why he is still around.
1B- Jim Thome- Philadelphia Phillies- 41 years old
-Much like Brett Favre, Thome just won’t call it quits. In his 23 season, Thome has put together 604 home runs, 1,674 RBIs and a .277 average. One of the best power hitters of all-time, Thome has had 12 seasons of 30 or more home runs, but he hasn’t played over 110 games the last five seasons. On the disabled list right now, Thome’s career is about over, but it was a great one.
2B- Marco Scutaro- Colorado Rockies- 36 years old
-In his 11th season with his fifth club, Scutaro has been a solid player for clubs. With his best offensive year of 12 HRs and 60 RBIs, Scutaro has stayed around for his glove. In 11 seasons, Scutaro has less than 100 errors and a .978 fielding percentage.
3B- Chipper Jones- Atlanta Braves- 40 years old (DL)
-Best Atlanta Brave ever (after Hank Aaron) and one of the best third basemen to ever play. The end.
SS- Omar Vizquel- Toronto Blue Jays- 45 years old
-In his 24th MLB season, Vizquel is another player who just can’t quit. Though he has only played 100 games once in the last four years, it was the other 19 years that make him great. A .272 career hitter, Vizquel was a machine at shortstop. 24 seasons, 94 errors, you could count on Vizquel making almost every play. 11 gold gloves, Vizquel has to be in the conversations of best shortstop of all time.
LF- Manny Ramirez- Oakland Athletics- 40 years old
-555 home runs, 1,831 RBIs and a career .312 average, Ramirez has been one of the best outfielders in the last 20 years. Though he has been busted for steroids multiple times, he still was a force with a bat. Coming back for his 20th season after his suspension is up, Ramirez could easily be a big hitter for the lowly A’s, but I think it’s safe to say his days of 44 HRs and 165 RBIs in 1999 are over.
CF- Marlon Byrd- Boston Red Sox- 34 years old
-You got to give props to Byrd who is still patrolling center at 34 years of age. A tough position that is normally for fast and speedy guys, Byrd has been doing it for 12 seasons and has posted a .988 fielding percentage. And his bat has some pop with a 20 HR and 89 RBI season three years ago in Texas. Byrd is no hall of famer or anything, but he has been a solid player throughout his career.
RF- Ichiro Suzuki- Seattle Mariners- 38 years old
-All there really is to say about Suzuki is, THAT MAN CAN RAKE! A career .325 hitter with 200 hits every season but last, Suzuki is the best hitting player of the past 10 years no doubt. O ya, he has 10 seasons of 30 plus stolen bases too. Man he’s good.
SP- Jamie Moyer- Baltimore Orioles- 49 years old
-I’m sorry, but Jamie Moyer sucks and always has. I understand he is the oldest player to win a game and is still starting at 49, that’s cool, but he has never been good. A career 4.23 ERA, 268-206 and 2,422 Ks is not that good. Of course he will have a ton of Ks in his career because he’s pitched since 1986, but his best season of his career is 158 Ks in 234.1 innings. Moyer has only won 20 games twice. That’s cool he’s old and still pitching, but he was never very good. Come on now.
RP- Mariano Rivera- New York Yankees- 42 years old (DL)
-Greatest reliever ever. The end.
Manager- Jim Leyland- Detroit Tigers- 67 years old
-One World Series title in 1997, three Manager of the Year awards and a team full stardom the last few years. Leyland needs to win one now if he wants to be called a great manager because he has had many chances with the teams over the years. A career .500 manager too. Ya, you better show us something.