508 Combined Wins
Two veteran lefthanders, Jamie Moyer (Phillies) and Tom Glavine (Mets), are facing each other in the Shea Stadium series finale Thursday night.
Moyer, 44, has been pitching in the majors since 1986, while the much younger Glavine (41) has been a big leaguer since 1987. Combined, that’s 85 years of big league experience.
Size and age aren’t as big a factor in baseball as in other professional sports. Because of salaries, nutrition and better conditioning, baseball players today are able to play longer and longer.
It is a real testimony to athletes, both physically and mentally, to play into their 40s. The mental portion might be the most difficult part.
Including the 2007 season, there’s a pretty impressive pitching staff 40 and over:
I’m not a big fan of pitch counts but in the case of Moyer and Glavine, it is worth mentioning. According to a Stats Inc., formula, Moyer has thrown the most pitches of any current pitcher, 74,355; Glavine is second, 69,093.
Just think, 143,448 combined pitches equals 508 combined wins.