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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pitcher performance older than 32.

David Price is scheduled to sign a seven year contract for $217 million tomorrow with the Boston Red Sox.  In 2015 Price was number 5 in ERA+ with 161 (61% above league).  Zach Greinke was number one with 225.

Price was born Aug. 26, 1985, so he will be 30 when the 2016 season starts.  After pitching for the Red Sox for three years (ages 30,31,32), Price has an option to become a free agent again and forgo the final four years of his Red Sox contract.  Let's consider that contract to be for about $30 million per year.

Greinke was born Oct. 31, 1983.  Greinke will be 32 for the entire 2016 regular season.  Greinke may get a six year contract with either the Dodgers, his current team, or the Giants for at least $30 million per year.

How do pitchers perform at ages older than 32?  Yesterday on MLB Network it was shown that older Cy Young award winners in recent years have performed less well, including:

Roy Halladay 2003, 2010
CC Sabathia 2007
Cliff Lee 2008
Tim Lincicum 2008, 2009
Justin Verlander 2011

Using baseball-reference.com for seasons 1901-2015 here are some numbers for ERA qualifiers by age.  The data suggests that more pitchers age more gracefully than one might expect.

33: 98 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Randy Johnson 197 1997 33 SEA AL 30 29 5 2 0 20 4 .833 0 213.0 147 60 54 77 291 2.28 2.82 20 850 758 32 1 2 10 4 1 11 13 16 3 0 4 .194 .277 .318 .595 56
2 Harry Brecheen 182 1948 33 STL NL 33 30 21 7 1 20 7 .741 1 233.1 193 62 58 49 149 2.24 2.37 6 931 866 2 11 0 10 0 1 0 1 2 .223 .266
3 Andy Pettitte 177 2005 33 HOU NL 33 33 0 0 0 17 9 .654 0 222.1 188 66 59 41 171 2.39 3.07 17 875 817 37 4 0 3 10 4 19 5 4 4 0 2 .230 .268 .348 .616 64 3191 2103
4 Eddie Cicotte 174 1917 33 CHW AL 49 35 29 7 11 28 12 .700 4 346.2 246 76 59 70 150 1.53 2.10 2 1287 3 2 1
5 Dazzy Vance 174 1924 33 BRO NL 35 34 30 3 1 28 6 .824 0 308.1 238 89 74 77 262 2.16 2.64 11 1221 9 0 4
6 Carl Hubbell 169 1936 33 NYG NL 42 34 25 3 6 26 6 .813 3 304.0 265 81 78 57 123 2.31 3.37 7 1202 5 0 3
7 Gaylord Perry 168 1972 33 CLE AL 41 40 29 5 1 24 16 .600 1 342.2 253 79 73 82 234 1.92 2.50 17 1345 1235 43 9 16 12 15 1 27 5 8 0 0 11 .205 .261 .296 .556 68
8 Joe McGinnity 168 1904 33 NYG NL 51 44 38 9 7 35 8 .814 5 408.0 307 103 73 86 144 1.61 2.70 8 1588 13 1 2
9 Steve Ontiveros 167 1994 33 OAK AL 27 13 2 0 5 6 4 .600 0 115.1 93 39 34 26 56 2.65 3.78 7 463 428 12 1 1 6 2 1 9 5 2 0 0 5 .217 .271 .299 .570 53
10 Roy Halladay 167 2010 33 PHI NL 33 33 9 4 0 21 10 .677 0 250.2 231 74 68 30 219 2.44 3.01 24 993 943 41 4 1 6 9 5 25 10 5 0 1 5 .245 .271 .373 .645 75 3568 2441
11 Pete Alexander 166 1920 33 CHC NL 46 40 33 7 6 27 14 .659 5 363.1 335 96 77 69 173 1.91 2.66 8 1447 1 0 3
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34: 85 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Roger Clemens 222 1997 34 TOR AL 34 34 9 3 0 21 7 .750 0 264.0 204 65 60 68 292 2.05 2.25 9 1044 957 41 3 1 12 5 2 27 10 9 3 0 4 .213 .273 .290 .564 48
2 Cy Young 219 1901 34 BOS AL 43 41 38 5 2 33 10 .767 0 371.1 324 112 67 37 158 1.62 2.64 6 1440 7 0 2
3 Nolan Ryan 195 1981 34 HOU NL 21 21 5 3 0 11 5 .688 0 149.0 99 34 28 68 140 1.69 2.28 2 605 528 7 1 1 1 5 3 10 21 7 1 2 16 .188 .280 .216 .496 49
4 Chris Carpenter 182 2009 34 STL NL 28 28 3 1 0 17 4 .810 0 192.2 156 49 48 38 144 2.24 2.78 7 750 691 29 4 1 7 10 4 23 2 4 0 0 1 .226 .272 .310 .581 58 2670 1747
5 Al Benton 175 1945 34 DET AL 31 27 12 5 4 13 8 .619 3 191.2 175 68 43 63 76 2.02 3.24 7 811 726 2 19 0 5 3 1 0 0 3 .241 .303
6 Thornton Lee 174 1941 34 CHW AL 35 34 30 3 1 22 11 .667 1 300.1 258 98 79 92 130 2.37 3.54 18 1224 1113 4 15 0 4 1 5 0 0 2 .232 .293
7 Danny Darwin 169 1990 34 HOU NL 48 17 3 0 14 11 4 .733 2 162.2 136 42 40 31 109 2.21 2.99 11 646 605 31 0 4 4 4 2 8 17 6 1 2 0 .225 .266 .331 .597 71
8 Ray Kremer 168 1927 34 PIT NL 35 28 18 3 6 19 8 .704 1 226.0 205 73 62 53 63 2.47 3.69 9 927 0 0 2
9 Roy Halladay 163 2011 34 PHI NL 32 32 8 1 0 19 6 .760 0 233.2 208 65 61 35 220 2.35 2.20 10 933 872 27 4 4 4 15 7 15 18 5 0 1 2 .239 .269 .313 .582 62 3466 2381
10 David Cone 159 1997 34 NYY AL 29 29 1 0 0 12 6 .667 0 195.0 155 67 61 86 222 2.82 3.35 17 805 710 22 4 2 4 3 2 8 22 8 1 2 14 .218 .305 .332 .638 67
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35: 71 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Spud Chandler 198 1943 35 NYY AL 30 30 20 5 0 20 4 .833 0 253.0 197 62 46 54 134 1.64 2.30 5 989 918 4 12 0 20 4 5 0 1 3 .215 .261
2 Randy Johnson 184 1999 35 ARI NL 35 35 12 2 0 17 9 .654 0 271.2 207 86 75 70 364 2.48 2.76 30 1079 993 28 4 3 9 4 3 14 42 17 5 2 4 .208 .266 .335 .601 55
3 Eddie Cicotte 176 1919 35 CHW AL 40 35 30 5 5 29 7 .806 1 306.2 256 77 62 49 110 1.82 2.48 5 1176 2 0 1
4 Lefty Grove 175 1935 35 BOS AL 35 30 23 2 4 20 12 .625 1 273.0 269 105 82 65 121 2.70 3.20 6 1137 3 0 2
5 Roger Clemens 174 1998 35 TOR AL 33 33 5 3 0 20 6 .769 0 234.2 169 78 69 88 271 2.65 2.65 11 961 855 45 3 0 7 8 2 9 28 9 0 0 6 .198 .277 .296 .573 50
6 Whitey Ford 170 1964 35 NYY AL 39 36 12 8 2 17 6 .739 1 244.2 212 67 58 57 172 2.13 2.45 10 996 922 29 4 3 2 13 2 17 0 1 4 0 6 .230 .276 .303 .578 64
7 Kevin Brown 167 2000 35 LAD NL 33 33 5 1 0 13 6 .684 0 230.0 181 76 66 47 216 2.58 3.17 21 921 848 36 3 1 9 13 4 11 21 5 2 0 4 .213 .261 .337 .598 58 3457 2271
8 Cy Young 164 1902 35 BOS AL 45 43 41 3 1 32 11 .744 0 384.2 350 136 92 53 160 2.15 2.55 6 1506 13 0 3
9 Vern Law 163 1965 35 PIT NL 29 28 13 4 1 17 9 .654 0 217.1 182 66 52 35 101 2.15 3.13 17 847 796 25 4 2 3 5 8 23 1 2 3 0 1 .229 .261 .334 .595 65
10 Tim Wakefield 162 2002 35 BOS AL 45 15 0 0 10 11 5 .688 3 163.1 121 57 51 51 134 2.81 3.62 15 657 592 29 1 2 9 1 4 16 21 7 0 2 5 .204 .276 .333 .609 60 2450 1624
11 Steve Carlton 162 1980 35 PHI NL 38 38 13 3 0 24 9 .727 0 304.0 243 87 79 90 286 2.34 2.42 15 1228 1114 50 13 12 2 14 8 14 14 16 9 7 17 .218 .276 .327 .603 69
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36: 51 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Lefty Grove 189 1936 36 BOS AL 35 30 22 6 3 17 12 .586 2 253.1 237 90 79 65 130 2.81 3.77 14 1049 4 0 0
2 Randy Johnson 181 2000 36 ARI NL 35 35 8 3 0 19 7 .731 0 248.2 202 89 73 76 347 2.64 2.53 23 1001 900 45 2 1 6 14 5 15 26 16 6 2 5 .224 .288 .356 .643 63 4021 2595
3 Hoyt Wilhelm 173 1959 36 BAL AL 32 27 13 3 2 15 11 .577 0 226.0 178 64 55 77 139 2.19 3.22 13 902 795 23 2 3 10 17 4 27 12 12 1 0 5 .224 .299 .307 .606 73
4 Greg Maddux 159 2002 36 ATL NL 34 34 0 0 0 16 6 .727 0 199.1 194 67 58 45 118 2.62 3.43 14 820 754 30 2 7 4 13 4 24 24 4 2 0 1 .257 .301 .358 .659 75 2678 1795
5 Curt Schilling 159 2003 36 ARI NL 24 24 3 2 0 8 9 .471 0 168.0 144 58 55 32 194 2.95 2.66 17 673 626 27 1 2 3 11 1 9 3 3 0 0 4 .230 .270 .358 .628 61 2452 1705
6 Rick Reuschel 159 1985 36 PIT NL 31 26 9 1 4 14 8 .636 1 194.0 153 58 49 52 138 2.27 2.58 7 773 710 30 2 10 3 5 3 17 10 9 1 0 4 .215 .271 .293 .564 64
7 Early Wynn 154 1956 36 CLE AL 38 35 18 4 2 20 9 .690 2 277.2 233 93 84 91 158 2.72 3.16 19 1144 1022 7 5 12 12 20 4 4 0 0 5 .228 .291
8 Steve Carlton 151 1981 36 PHI NL 24 24 10 1 0 13 4 .765 0 190.0 152 59 51 62 179 2.42 2.33 9 763 684 29 2 3 1 12 4 13 6 9 5 4 9 .222 .286 .310 .596 70
9 Walter Johnson 149 1924 36 WSH AL 38 38 20 6 0 23 7 .767 0 277.2 233 97 84 77 158 2.72 3.31 10 1148 10 0 4
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David Price's seven year contract would be over after his age 36 season in 2022.

37: 29 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Dazzy Vance 190 1928 37 BRO NL 38 32 24 4 5 22 10 .688 2 280.1 226 79 65 72 200 2.09 2.83 11 1126 7 0 1
2 Randy Johnson 188 2001 37 ARI NL 35 34 3 2 1 21 6 .778 0 249.2 181 74 69 71 372 2.49 2.13 19 994 890 33 2 2 18 10 5 17 19 15 4 1 8 .203 .274 .309 .583 50 4076 2638
3 Lefty Grove 159 1937 37 BOS AL 32 32 21 3 0 17 9 .654 0 262.0 269 101 88 83 153 3.02 3.28 9 1127 1 0 5
4 Dennis Martinez 153 1991 37 MON NL 31 31 9 5 0 14 11 .560 0 222.0 187 70 59 62 123 2.39 3.17 9 905 829 32 6 3 4 7 3 14 22 4 3 0 3 .226 .282 .311 .593 73
5 Babe Adams 153 1919 37 PIT NL 34 29 23 6 5 17 10 .630 1 263.1 213 66 58 23 92 1.98 2.13 1 1017 3 0 2
6 Curt Schilling 148 2004 37 BOS AL 32 32 3 0 0 21 6 .778 0 226.2 206 84 82 35 203 3.26 3.11 23 910 861 54 2 0 5 3 6 12 6 1 1 0 3 .239 .271 .387 .658 65 3414 2386
7 Danny Darwin 143 1993 37 BOS AL 34 34 2 1 0 15 11 .577 0 229.1 196 93 83 49 130 3.26 4.29 31 919 852 45 3 8 3 6 9 10 11 5 2 1 5 .230 .272 .399 .671 74
8 R.A. Dickey 139 2012 37 NYM NL 34 33 5 3 1 20 6 .769 0 233.2 192 78 71 54 230 2.73 3.27 24 927 848 35 4 2 9 9 7 25 4 3 5 1 4 .226 .278 .362 .640 81 3359 2315
9 Walter Johnson 138 1925 37 WSH AL 30 29 16 3 1 20 7 .741 0 229.0 217 95 78 78 108 3.07 3.68 7 967 7 0 1
10 Cy Young 136 1904 37 BOS AL 43 41 40 10 2 26 16 .619 1 380.0 327 104 83 29 200 1.97 1.83 6 1435 4 0 4
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38: 29 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Randy Johnson 195 2002 38 ARI NL 35 35 8 4 0 24 5 .828 0 260.0 197 78 67 71 334 2.32 2.66 26 1035 945 42 5 1 13 4 2 19 19 15 3 2 3 .208 .273 .346 .619 59 3991 2620
2 Ted Lyons 173 1939 38 CHW AL 21 21 16 0 0 14 6 .700 0 172.2 162 71 53 26 65 2.76 3.22 7 702 657 1 18 0 0 0 .247 .276
3 Kevin Brown 169 2003 38 LAD NL 32 32 0 0 0 14 9 .609 0 211.0 184 67 56 56 185 2.39 2.82 11 856 781 21 5 2 5 12 2 23 14 9 3 1 5 .236 .290 .318 .608 67 3100 2014
4 Spud Chandler 164 1946 38 NYY AL 34 32 20 6 2 20 8 .714 2 257.1 200 71 60 90 138 2.10 2.73 7 1028 920 1 18 0 26 3 6 0 1 3 .217 .288
5 Lefty Grove 160 1938 38 BOS AL 24 21 12 1 3 14 4 .778 1 163.2 169 65 56 52 99 3.08 3.32 8 706 643 1 11 0 0 3 .263 .319
6 Ray Prim 153 1945 38 CHC NL 34 19 9 2 9 13 8 .619 2 165.1 142 58 44 23 88 2.40 2.62 9 656 624 1 8 0 4 3 2 0 0 3 .228 .256
7 Babe Adams 150 1920 38 PIT NL 35 33 18 8 2 17 13 .567 2 263.0 240 83 63 18 84 2.16 2.62 6 1035 1 0 5
8 Dutch Leonard 149 1947 38 PHI NL 32 29 19 3 2 17 12 .586 0 235.0 224 86 70 57 103 2.68 3.15 14 943 895 2 17 0 14 7 6 1 0 4 .250 .297
9 Cy Young 147 1905 38 BOS AL 38 33 31 4 5 18 19 .486 0 320.2 248 99 65 30 210 1.82 1.69 3 1189 8 0 6
10 Dennis Martinez 141 1992 38 MON NL 32 32 6 0 0 16 11 .593 0 226.1 172 75 62 60 147 2.47 3.09 12 900 814 26 0 3 9 12 5 9 22 17 3 0 2 .211 .271 .287 .559 63
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39: 15 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Dazzy Vance 189 1930 39 BRO NL 35 31 20 4 3 17 15 .531 1 258.2 241 97 75 55 173 2.61 3.61 15 1061 5 1 4
2 Lefty Grove 185 1939 39 BOS AL 23 23 17 2 0 15 4 .789 0 191.0 180 63 54 58 81 2.54 3.60 8 798 724 1 15 0 0 0 .249 .305
3 Dutch Leonard 156 1948 39 PHI NL 34 30 16 1 2 12 17 .414 0 225.2 226 85 63 54 92 2.51 3.13 9 920 870 4 9 0 16 16 8 0 0 4 .260 .306
4 Eddie Plank 153 1915 39 SLM FL 42 31 23 6 10 21 11 .656 3 268.1 212 75 62 54 147 2.08 2.00 1 1028 3 1 4
5 Babe Adams 145 1921 39 PIT NL 25 20 11 2 3 14 5 .737 0 160.0 155 57 47 18 55 2.64 3.08 4 646 0 1 0
6 Phil Niekro 142 1978 39 ATL NL 44 42 22 4 1 19 18 .514 1 334.1 295 129 107 102 248 2.88 2.76 16 1389 1254 42 10 5 13 13 6 13 34 12 4 3 11 .235 .298 .323 .621 71
7 Sal Maglie 139 1956 39 TOT ML 30 26 9 3 0 13 5 .722 0 196.0 160 67 63 54 110 2.89 3.61 22 780 713 1 5 6 2 22 4 2 0 0 2 .224 .283
8 Ted Lyons 137 1940 39 CHW AL 22 22 17 4 0 12 8 .600 0 186.1 188 85 67 37 72 3.24 3.85 17 789 747 0 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 6 .252 .287
9 Charlie Root 134 1938 39 CHC NL 44 11 5 0 20 8 7 .533 9 160.2 163 62 51 30 70 2.86 3.46 10 673 632 2 8 0 0 0 .258 .294
10 Mike Mussina 131 2008 39 NYY AL 34 34 0 0 0 20 9 .690 0 200.1 214 85 75 31 150 3.37 3.32 17 819 769 47 2 3 8 4 7 24 12 7 0 0 4 .278 .310 .411 .721 88 3135 2085
11 Johnny Niggeling 129 1943 39 TOT AL 26 26 12 3 0 10 10 .500 0 201.1 149 67 58 74 97 2.59 3.09 7 823 732 6 11 0 1 2 2 0 0 4 .204 .282
12 Jamie Moyer 128 2002 39 SEA AL 34 34 4 2 0 13 8 .619 0 230.2 198 89 85 50 147 3.32 4.03 28 931 860 33 0 4 9 5 7 16 12 6 4 0 3 .230 .278 .366 .644 72 3435 2180
13 Pete Alexander 128 1926 39 TOT NL 30 23 15 2 7 12 10 .545 2 200.1 191 83 68 31 47 3.05 3.46 8 815 2 0 0
14 John Smoltz 128 2006 39 ATL NL 35 35 3 1 0 16 9 .640 0 232.0 221 93 90 55 211 3.49 3.44 23 960 882 49 4 4 9 4 10 20 10 4 0 0 5 .251 .298 .393 .692 81 3534 2375
15 Gaylord Perry 121 1978 39 SDP NL 37 37 5 2 0 21 6 .778 0 260.2 241 96 79 66 154 2.73 2.63 9 1055 970 46 7 8 2 8 9 24 18 16 2 3 4 .248 .295 .338 .633 90
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40: 15 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Randy Johnson 176 2004 40 ARI NL 35 35 4 2 0 16 14 .533 0 245.2 177 88 71 44 290 2.60 2.30 18 964 898 34 9 1 10 7 5 4 17 10 1 1 3 .197 .241 .315 .557 44 3632 2507
2 Pete Alexander 160 1927 40 STL NL 37 30 22 2 5 21 10 .677 3 268.0 261 94 75 38 48 2.52 3.64 11 1082 1 0 1
3 Bartolo Colon 147 2013 40 OAK AL 30 30 3 3 0 18 6 .750 0 190.1 193 60 56 29 117 2.65 3.23 14 769 731 27 4 0 0 3 6 21 7 2 2 0 1 .264 .290 .369 .659 83 2777 1909
4 Nolan Ryan 142 1987 40 HOU NL 34 34 0 0 0 8 16 .333 0 211.2 154 75 65 87 270 2.76 2.47 14 873 771 23 3 2 4 9 1 6 45 7 0 2 10 .200 .284 .292 .576 60
5 Johnny Niggeling 141 1944 40 WSH AL 24 24 14 2 0 10 8 .556 0 206.0 164 65 53 88 121 2.32 3.02 5 848 743 4 13 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 .221 .307
6 John Smoltz 140 2007 40 ATL NL 32 32 0 0 0 14 8 .636 0 205.2 196 78 71 47 197 3.11 3.21 18 853 786 39 3 9 4 10 5 8 11 4 1 0 8 .249 .293 .375 .669 77 3059 2067
7 Tom Seaver 136 1985 40 CHW AL 35 33 6 1 0 16 11 .593 0 238.2 223 103 84 69 134 3.17 3.73 22 993 901 40 4 6 8 7 8 20 24 9 0 0 10 .248 .304 .374 .678 82
8 Jack Quinn 134 1924 40 BOS AL 44 25 13 2 12 12 13 .480 7 228.2 241 109 83 52 64 3.27 3.89 10 979 12 0 3
9 Dennis Martinez 133 1994 40 CLE AL 24 24 7 3 0 11 6 .647 0 176.2 166 75 69 44 92 3.52 3.99 14 730 671 32 6 2 7 3 5 17 8 3 0 3 4 .247 .298 .376 .674 74
10 Kenny Rogers 133 2005 40 TEX AL 30 30 1 1 0 14 8 .636 0 195.1 205 86 75 53 87 3.46 4.06 15 828 756 42 5 1 8 5 6 25 3 0 0 0 0 .271 .323 .399 .723 87 3014 1860
11 Jamie Moyer 132 2003 40 SEA AL 33 33 1 0 0 21 7 .750 0 215.0 199 83 78 66 129 3.27 4.01 19 897 810 39 1 3 8 7 6 19 11 6 4 0 0 .246 .307 .367 .673 81 3447 2137
12 Cy Young 129 1907 40 BOS AL 43 37 33 6 5 21 15 .583 2 343.1 286 101 76 51 147 1.99 1.94 3 1308 7 0 6
13 Sad Sam Jones 125 1933 40 CHW AL 27 25 11 2 1 10 12 .455 0 176.2 181 80 66 65 60 3.36 4.25 13 760 4 0 5
14 Charlie Hough 122 1988 40 TEX AL 34 34 10 0 0 15 16 .484 0 252.0 202 111 93 126 174 3.32 4.06 20 1067 913 32 2 1 12 8 8 12 32 12 14 10 10 .221 .321 .326 .647 80
15 Warren Spahn 122 1961 40 MLN NL 38 34 21 4 3 21 13 .618 0 262.2 236 96 88 64 115 3.02 3.66 24 1064 971 36 8 1 4 19 6 30 2 4 3 0 4 .243 .291 .371 .662 85
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41: 7 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Cy Young 193 1908 41 BOS AL 36 33 30 3 3 21 11 .656 2 299.0 230 68 42 37 150 1.26 1.52 1 1116 1 0 4
2 Ted Lyons 171 1942 41 CHW AL 20 20 20 1 0 14 6 .700 0 180.1 167 52 42 26 50 2.10 3.12 11 720 681 2 11 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 .245 .275
3 Dennis Martinez 152 1995 41 CLE AL 28 28 3 2 0 12 5 .706 0 187.0 174 71 64 46 99 3.08 4.16 17 771 705 30 2 2 12 4 4 14 14 6 3 0 3 .247 .302 .367 .670 73
4 Roger Clemens 145 2004 41 HOU NL 33 33 0 0 0 18 4 .818 0 214.1 169 76 71 79 218 2.98 3.11 15 878 778 34 4 5 6 8 7 11 23 10 2 0 5 .217 .292 .329 .621 64 3431 2182
5 Warren Spahn 125 1962 41 MLN NL 34 34 22 0 0 18 14 .563 0 269.1 248 97 91 55 118 3.04 3.59 25 1088 1009 33 7 4 3 11 10 18 4 3 5 0 4 .246 .284 .367 .651 82
6 Connie Marrero 124 1952 41 WSH AL 22 22 16 2 0 11 8 .579 0 184.1 175 68 59 53 77 2.88 3.12 9 771 703 4 10 0 7 5 7 1 0 2 .249 .305
7 Pete Alexander 120 1928 41 STL NL 34 31 18 1 2 16 9 .640 2 243.2 262 107 91 37 59 3.36 3.70 15 1009 2 0 3
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42 or older: 8 seasons with ERA+ greater than or equal to 120
Rk Player ERA+ Year Age Tm Lg G GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Roger Clemens 226 2005 42 HOU NL 32 32 1 0 0 13 8 .619 0 211.1 151 51 44 62 185 1.87 2.87 11 838 761 26 3 5 3 9 3 16 8 4 2 1 3 .198 .261 .284 .544 46 3200 2036
2 Nolan Ryan 140 1991 44 TEX AL 27 27 2 2 0 12 6 .667 0 173.0 102 58 56 72 203 2.91 2.75 12 683 594 25 3 0 5 3 9 7 24 8 2 0 8 .172 .263 .285 .548 53
3 Jack Quinn 138 1928 44 PHA AL 31 28 18 4 2 18 7 .720 1 211.1 239 92 68 34 43 2.90 3.27 3 898 7 0 0
4 Jack Quinn 129 1927 43 PHA AL 34 26 11 3 4 15 10 .600 1 201.1 211 82 73 37 43 3.26 3.79 9 825 4 0 1
5 Nolan Ryan 124 1989 42 TEX AL 32 32 6 2 0 16 10 .615 0 239.1 162 96 85 98 301 3.20 2.51 17 988 867 28 2 3 9 9 5 4 36 6 0 1 19 .187 .275 .283 .557 56
6 Warren Spahn 124 1963 42 MLN NL 33 33 22 7 0 23 7 .767 0 259.2 241 85 75 49 102 2.60 3.41 23 1037 973 25 10 4 0 10 5 36 4 2 2 0 4 .248 .282 .365 .647 93
7 Phil Niekro 123 1984 45 NYY AL 32 31 5 1 1 16 8 .667 0 215.2 219 85 74 76 136 3.09 3.51 15 916 821 35 5 0 3 5 11 23 9 12 0 0 2 .267 .327 .376 .703 98
8 Jack Quinn 122 1926 42 PHA AL 31 21 8 3 5 10 11 .476 1 163.2 191 74 62 36 58 3.41 3.20 4 706 1 0 4
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Gee, Nolan Ryan two: ages 42 and 44.  Roger Clemens 42.  How ever did they do it?

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