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George Foster is in the best shape of his life

Feb 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

According to NPB Tracker, the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League have hired former Giants bench warmer, Reds slugging MVP and Mets free agent disappointment George Foster as a cross-checker for U.S. baseball players.

I kind of don’t care about that, but I am fascinated by the pic of Foster that accompanies this Japanese language article on the subject linked by NPB Tracker. Dude looks like he’s in better shape at 61 years old as he did when he played. Between that and Niekro’s 80 m.p.h fastball, the two of them ought to get themselves agents and shop themselves to big league teams.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    In an age when .250 hitters who can’t hit righties or maybe lefties and are described as having “pop” for managing fifteen dingers per season played in platoons are thought of as valuable assets and signed to million dollar deals, incentive laden or not, and general managers spend their offseason scrabbling in the scrapheaps for castoffs, non-tenders and gimps, it’s a little funny to hear George Foster described as a free-agent “disappointment.” In his four years with the Mutts, bedoggled with any number of little injuries and being pitched around like he was drenched in the wood repellant from It Happens Every Spring, the guy drove in 70, 90, 86 and 77 runs – for a team where nobody else ever got on base!
    Tell me, Mutts fans – what would you give to have a guy with George’s stats for 1982-85 on this team now?

  2. al - Feb 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    i imagin that not all who are 61 yrs old would be in bad shape espeacially when u are an x-ball player just like stachel page when he was at the same age

  3. BC - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    I’d take him! The Mutts would get a huge upgrade at 1B if they stuck him there.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 9, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Of course you would, because you are a man of exquisite good taste.
    On the other hand, you’re not preoccupied with promoting white ballplayers – or so George finally admits. Big bat, bigger mouth. So it goes.
    Dear Buddha! Why does my dog have to fart like that when I’m trying to write????

  5. Fast Eddy - Feb 9, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Hey George, can you pitch? We need pitching in Cinti. We will be glad to take you back, if you can pitch.

  6. James - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Keep this picture away from Jose Canseco because you will start to hear a non stop diatribe on the benefits of Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone and a regimen of doctor supervised steroids, plenty of sleep, a healthy diet and exercise.

  7. BC - Feb 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Hey, I’d hope the Mets sign Phil Niekro too. He’d be our #4 starter right now.

  8. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Foster has been working for the Reds in a public relations/community outreach kind of position for the last few years. He does a lot of meet-and-greet at the ballpark. I’ve talked to him several times–cool, pleasant, funny guy who seems to enjoy anything related to baseball, always smiling. Still ugly, though. And yes, he always looks like he could step into the batter’s box in his street clothes and hit a fastball 450 feet.

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