The Elder Statesmen of Baseball: The Top Five over 35

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The Elder Statesmen of Baseball: The Top Five over 35
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The players who are featured on this list are guys I grew up watching and collecting their baseball cards.  They are the first crop of players that I remember from the first year they started playing to the the point that they are in their careers now.

But before I begin to ramble about my boyhood idols (I still get choked up about my Ichiro rookie card), its necessary to set some parameters. 

In order to judge the longevity of these great hitters, I took into account the length of their MLB service, team accomplishment, their personal accolades, as well as their current contributions to their team, because let's face it, ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez may be the greatest hitting catcher whoever lived, but I can’t consider a player who isn’t starting on a regular basis for this list.


This is a revised list from a blog post that originally appeared on The Weekly Lineup. You can also listen to the latest episode of the TWL's podcast here.

You can follow me on Twitter @mcfarlands412 e-mail me at

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