Is 40 the "New 20?" - Maybe for the starlets in Hollywood - Julia Roberts, Cindy Margolis, etc...but for baseball players? Well, Maybe. I know the Mets think so.
El Duque (as alluded before in this blog, I believe he saw 40 awhile ago)
and, now, Sandy Alomar Junior -- all have blown out 40+ candles on their recent birthday cakes.
With the way ball players are taking care of themselves these days, it is good to see players being productive at this stage of their career.
Now, I hope the Mets aren't looking at these players figuring they will be as good as they were in 1988, but you never know. I personally hope they all do well and make the team. Longevity (AND being good) is key to this game and many players fade before you know it (David Clyde, Joe Charboneau, etc).
The ironic thing, is that many of these players will be admitted into the ballpark a few years from now with a senior citizen discount. (All they have to do is show their current employee ID and then they'll get past the guards and get on the field.
I have a sneaking suspicion that in a few years, we will have a team of old Minnie Minosos http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/minosmi01.shtml ...but that guy drubbed out a hit at the age of 50 and swung the bat twice at age 54.
Sandy, welcome aboard...Let's see you make the roster.