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Baseball's four decade club

Jan 22, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

I heard someone say the other day that if they remade “Back to the Future” today, Marty McFly would only go back to 1980. I’m not sure anything has made me feel as old as that in some time, but this comes close:

As soon as Vizquel steps onto the field in 2010, he will become one of
a select few MLB players to play in four separate decades . . .Vizquel, Jamie Moyer and Ken Griffey Jr. are all under contract for
next season, making them all but locks to join the club. Two others
searching for contracts — John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield — are likely
to do the same.

An Ohio State sweatshirt I wore just yesterday joined the four-decade club this month as well.  I’ve driven a car and kissed a girl and drank a beer in four different decades too. I still call Griffey “Kid” sometimes.

I think I’m going spend a lot of the day staring out a window wondering where time has gone.

  1. MOE ALLEN - Jan 22, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    4 DECADES? THESE GUYS ARE ALL MAJOR LEAGUE LOAF PINCHERS. THEY REALLY ARE ONLY ON BOARD FOR SENTIMENTAL VALUE. YET ANOTHER REASON TO DO AWAY WITH THE “DH”. MO

  2. Tony A - Jan 22, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    OK, centuries start at xxx1 and end at xx00, ’cause there ain’t no year zero (goes from 1 BCE to 1 CE). Decades are catch as catch can, any consecutive 10 year period is a decade. “Decade of the 80’s” refers to 1980-1989, obviously. Such shorthand notations being popular with us humans, it predominates, and after a while, we forget the rules, such as 2000 being a leap year. That WAS unusual, century enders usually are NOT leap years, etc, etc…
    By the way, Ruth held the single season record from 1919-1960, not 1927-1960…

  3. mike - Jan 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    You know. I remember that series. I was a die hard yankee fan. The way the series ended was amazing and even though the yanks loss, it was so thrilling. Best baseball I had ever seen in my life

  4. DugoutNut - Jan 22, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Jeff, you start at 0 (zero) you do not start at 1. The first year of time was 0, the end of that first year was 1.
    No charge.

  5. Eli - Jan 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Tony, thanks for the correction on the HR record. That was bugging me too. Amazing, he broke the HR record 4 times in 9 years including 3 years in a row from 1919-1921.

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