The 10 Most Legendary Late Bloomers in Major League Baseball History

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The 10 Most Legendary Late Bloomers in Major League Baseball History
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Left-hander Randy Johnson was a late-bloomer and likely on his way to Cooperstown.

In sports, 30 is more than just a number. It’s a benchmark that usually signifies the prime or end of a player’s career.

For Major League Baseball, turning 30 years old marks the end of a player’s youth and the beginning of an imminent decline in production.

However, a select few throughout history have been able to defy the odds, blossoming into All-Star and Hall of Fame-worthy talent years and even decades later than their contemporaries.

This article will rank the top 10 late bloomers in the game’s history by taking a look at those who spiked in talent much later in their careers. These players either struggled or were mediocre through their youth, gaining recognition only after the age of 30.

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