Old timers' day: record 7 40-year-olds to start Wednesday Print
Written by Admin   
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 14:21
MLB Headline News

 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -It really will be old-timers' day in the major leagues on Wednesday, when a record seven pitchers in their 40s are scheduled to start.
The New York Yankees' Roger Clemens (44), Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer (44), Detroit's Kenny Rogers (42), San Diego's Greg Maddux (41), the New York Mets' Tom Glavine (41), Houston's Woody Williams (40) and Atlanta's John Smoltz (40) are set to pitch on the same day.
The previous record of six was set last Friday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when all but Clemens started.
``It is remarkable,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ``You talk about the Glavines of the world - the guys who have milestones they're shooting for, and yet they're not on their ballclubs just to go for their milestones. They're on their ballclubs to help them win pennants. That, to me, is very, very remarkable. I was weaned off a guy like Warren Spahn, who won 23 games at (42) years old.''
Of the seven pitchers, Clemens has the most victories at 349. He's also got the biggest paycheck, earning $17,442,637 this season after signing a one-year contract worth $28,000,022 on May 6.
Maddux is next with 339 victories. Glavine is four away from No. 300. Moyer has 223 followed by Rogers (208), Smoltz (201) and Williams (127). Smoltz, who beat Glavine and the Mets for his 200th victory last month, is the only pitcher in major league history with 200 wins and 150 saves.
``There are days when I don't feel as energetic as maybe I did 10 years ago,'' Glavine said. ``I probably don't enjoy running the bases when I get a hit like I did 10 years ago, but the rest of it, I don't really feel there's been a drop-off in the things that I want to do. I still feel like I can do everything I want to do as a pitcher.''
Clemens and Smoltz are the hardest throwers among the group, still able to hit 90 mph with their fastball. Rogers had better heat in his younger days. Maddux, Glavine, Moyer and Williams have always relied on offspeed pitches, pinpoint control and outthinking batters.
``It's actually nice just to be mentioned with those guys,'' Williams said. ``They've had great careers and longer ones than I've had. But, at the same time, there's a lot to be said to pitch this long. I've been blessed fortunately that there are teams that still want me.''
Rogers, who just returned to the Tigers' rotation after shoulder surgery in the offseason, and others credit modern medicine.
``It's all about the doctors,'' he said. ``The trainers have gotten better, but the biggest difference is everything they can fix these days. Pitching isn't about age, it is about intelligence, so there's nothing hard about pitching into your 40s, as long as they can keep fixing the problems.''
Former players wish some of those medical advancements had been implemented sooner.
``When I was pitching, they were hoping to pitch past 30,'' said Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, a star reliever with the Mets and Phillies in the late '80s and early '90s. ``You always hear older pitchers say, `I wish I'd known when I first started out what I know now.'''
Moyer is a major reason the Phillies are still in the NL East race, despite losing two starters and both of their closers to injuries. The left-hander is 7-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 10 starts after Philadelphia loses. He's also been a strong influence on 23-year-old Cole Hamels, who has become the staff ace in just his second season.
``He absolutely amazes me,'' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ``He's a true professional. He prepares hard and he has a lot of determination.''
The seven semi-seniors have combined for 1,743 career wins, 42 trips to the All-Star game and 14 Cy Young Awards. And they're not the only 40-year-olds in rotations: Arizona's Randy Johnson (43) is on the disabled list, and San Diego's David Wells (44) and the Mets' Orlando Hernandez (41) are slated to have the night off.
While huge contracts are certainly an incentive to stay active, many do it simply because they love the game.
``It's better than being home doing nothing,'' said Braves coach Eddie Perez, who was Maddux's personal catcher for a few years in Atlanta. ``I wish I were healthy and could still play. I'm happy for them. They take care of themselves. Everybody knows how hard Roger Clemens works. So does Smoltz. So does Glavine, Randy Johnson. All those guys.''
---
AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg in Baltimore, Bill Konigsberg in New York and Paul Newberry in Atlanta, and AP freelance writers Dave Hogg in Detroit and Joe Totoraitis in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 953 Washington Nationals 89%
#2 977 Oakland Athletics 87%
#3 976 Kansas City Royals 84%
#4 961 Los Angeles Dodgers 84%
#5 964 San Francisco Giants 83%
#6 959 Milwaukee Brewers 83%
#7 958 Cincinnati Reds 82%
#8 966 Seattle Mariners 81%
#9 972 Toronto Blue Jays 71%
#10 973 Cleveland Indians 70%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 11/2
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 11/2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 13/2
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 7/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 15/2
DETROIT TIGERS 15/2
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 12/1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 14/1
MILWAUKEE BREWERS 14/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 18/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com