Thursday, April 29, 2010

When Old Gets Old?

When does old get old? Many players thrive into their late 30's and even early 40's nowadays. Modern training programs, PEDS vitamins, and rehab procedures have players living out their playing days just a tad longer. Trevor Hoffman and Jamie Moyer are two shining examples.

Trevor Hoffman is the all-time saves leader (594 of 'em) in Major League history. Last year at the tender age of 41, Hoffman amassed 37 saves with a sparkling 1.83 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Naturally the Brewers re-upped him thinking they had it made in the shade come the 9th inning in save situations. Boy were they wrong. What a difference a year makes. Hoffman, now 42, has been a complete disaster this season with a 13.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and 4 blown saves. Yikes! He's a future Hall-of-Famer and catapulting himself off the cliff into the abyss of the ocean was not predictable, so Milwaukee is not at fault for thinking they had a sure-thing for a closer. Can Hoffman rebound? Will the Brew Crew give him the opportunity? Stay tuned...

Jamie Moyer, or better known as Grand Pappy, was coming off a magical 2008 World Series championship season with the Phillies. He was 45, yet Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. inked him to a foolish 2 year deal. However, it wasn't met with extreme criticism because Phans were still on a high from winning it all and Moyer did post 16 wins and a 3.71 ERA that season after all. Moyer began to finally show his age last season, being demoted to the bullpen and barely escaping a 5+ ERA (4.94). This offseason the MLB elder statesmen had numerous surgeries and looks even worse (5.25 ERA). When will the Phils pull the life support plug on this geriatric hurler?

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