2013 MLB Players over 35 Years Old Turning in All-Star Numbers
Major League Baseball's All-Star teams are set and ready to take the field at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., on Tuesday. While some of the players are veterans with a wealth of experience, others are first-timers who have never been a part of such an event.
The 2013 season has seen an incredible amount of players over the age of 35 who are stepping up and rejuvenating their careers. While some have made the All-Star team this season and others have not, what they have accomplished is still impressive considering their age.
There are players who are looking to join elite company with their season-long power surge while others are lowering the curtain on their baseball careers with a first half that includes 30 saves.
Following is a collection of the MLB All-Star team, if there was a team specifically for players over 35 years old. Some names might surprise you while others will be seen in Flushing on Tuesday night.
Let's take a look at the best of the best this baseball season at each position over the age of 35, starting with the outfield.
Raul Ibanez, OF: 41 Years Old
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The former pride of the Yankees who is now playing on the Pacific Coast in 2013, Raul Ibanez might find himself back in the Bronx before the season is over because of the amazing season that he is having for the Seattle Mariners.
In 73 games this season, Ibanez has smashed an amazing 43 home runs and amassed 56 RBI.
Ibanez revitalized his career in New York last season to earn himself a chance to prove he has even more left this season. His dramatic October in 2012 proved that he was worth signing and Ibanez is having the most impressive season of any player over 35 on this list.
Torii Hunter, OF: 37 Years Old
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Torii Hunter hit .313 last season and knocked in 92 RBI for the L.A. Angels.
He has continued to produce at an incredible rate in 2013 for the Detroit Tigers.
Entering the All-Star break, Hunter has collected 28 hits in his last 15 games and is hitting .315 with 45 RBI and 24 doubles. His 56 runs scored are nothing to overlook either.
Hunter might have been overlooked coming into the 2013 season, but he has stepped up and continued to produce in a lineup with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
He might not be showing the power that he had in his younger years, but his production cannot be argued.
Hunter's production did not go unrecognized, as he made the AL All-Star team as a reserve for his fifth All-Star appearance.
Carlos Beltran, OF: 36 Years Old
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Despite ailing knees, Carlos Beltran continues to impress in St. Louis.
Beltran has 19 home runs with 53 RBI and a .309 batting average. Not bad for a 36-year-old whose best days were supposedly behind him.
Beltran made the NL All-Star team as a starter this season for the Cardinals for his eighth All-Star appearance.
A.J. Pierzynski, C: 36 Years Old
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Moving to the infield, let's start with the man behind the plate.
A.J. Pierzynski has found a new home this season with Texas and is putting up All-Star-worthy numbers. If not for the immense depth of talent at the catcher position in the AL, he might have found his way onto the A.L. team as a reserve.
In 71 games this season, he has launched nine home runs with 34 RBI and 14 doubles.
The sky is the limit for Pierzynski in Texas, as he is looking forward to having an even better second half.
Lyle Overbay, 1B: 36 Years Old
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Lyle Overbay was just days away from not being on a team for the start of the 2013 regular season. Then the New York Yankees came calling.
As it has turned out, Overbay has played a huge role in the Yankees' success this season in the absence of Mark Teixera.
Overbay has 11 home runs while driving in 42 runs. Overbay also enters the All-Star break with his best month of the season at the plate, hitting .286 so far in July.
Marco Scutaro, 2B: 37 Years Old
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Marco Scutaro is hitting .316 this season for the San Francisco Giants while racking up 17 doubles.
In a Giants' offense that leaves a lot to be desired, Scutaro is doing his part to help out a struggling team. As a reward, Scutaro made the 2013 NL All-Star team as a reserve.
Michael Young, 3B: 36 Years Old
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The Texas Rangers might have felt the Michael Young's best days were behind him, but he is proving to the National League that he still has something left.
With a .288 average, 18 RBI and six home runs, Young is showing that he is still a versatile player.
Derek Jeter, SS: 39 Years Old
Let the controversy begin.
He has only played in one game this season, but Derek Jeter is on his way to being one of the few shortstops in baseball history over 35 years old to still have a starting job.
Shortstop is a young man's game, as proven by the 2013 surprises of emerging players such as Jean Segura.
If Jeter was able to go, then I would take him any day at shortstop. After all, in his only game this season, he was able to collect a hit, an RBI and score a run.
He might not have played enough games in the first half of the season to have the stats of a legitimate All-Star, but if he comes back healthy in the second half, he might put up some great numbers—especially considering that he is playing an extremely taxing position at the age of 39.
David Ortiz, DH: 37 Years Old
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David Ortiz has made the AL All-Star team this season, even though he has only played in 77 games, where he has hit a remarkable .317 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI.
He might be 37, but he is showing that he still has something left in the tank and might continue to pose trouble in the AL East for years to come.
Bartolo Colon, SP : 40 Years Old
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Bartolo Colon has racked up an insane 12-3 record and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 70-to-15.
The movement on his two-seam fastball is better than ever and he is puzzling batters this season. It is an incredible thought, but at the age of 40, Colon is in the AL Cy Young Award conversation after winning the award in 2005 with the Anaheim Angels.
Colon was also recognized for his fantastic 2013 season as a member of AL All-Star team for the third time he has earned the honor.
Mariano Rivera, Closer: 43 Years Old
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Mariano Rivera is having one of the most remarkable seasons of any player who is scheduled to retire at season's end.
Rivera enters the break as an AL All-Star with 30 saves and 32 strikeouts compared to only seven walks.
His 1.83 ERA is even better than his career average of 2.20 and he is poised to help the New York Yankees make a run towards the playoffs down the stretch.
Rivera has made the AL All-Star team 13 times during his incredible career.