Wait, he still plays?
Like many baseball fans, I am guilty of saying this expression from time to time. It seems like more than any other major sport, baseball players still tend to have the ability to produce in the later stages of their careers.
Every team seems to have that one old hitter that you thought retired five seasons ago. Oftentimes we poke fun at them, but it is not deserved.
Most championship-caliber teams are guilty of having these kinds of players. There is a lot of value in having a hitter that has aged like fine wine.
They can keep the clubhouse under control, they mentor young players and they have the “game-changer mentality” to come up with a big hit.
In this list I will rank the best hitters from each team over 35 years old (at the start of the 2011 season) based on current skill, not career statistics.