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Deep Thoughts: Old Timers Game edition

Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend.  In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too.  Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face guys pushing 60?

I was talking to Gleeman about this a few minutes ago and he says that there was another old timers game in Minnesota recently in which Corey Koskie played and just dominated the thing. Without the concussions Koskie would still be playing in the majors most likely.

Makes me wonder if it’s not time again to come up with some kind of seniors league.  These guys golf and have families and stuff so they wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time on it, but I bet if MLB Network or someone arranged a weekly game for TV purposes that it’d go over well. Get characters like Rickey Henderson, mic the guys up and let her fly.

The quality of play may be on the low side, but I’d watch that. Wouldn’t you watch that?

  1. Buccofan - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    IIRC there was a Seniors League down in Florida about 10-15 years ago, but it didn’t make it financially.

  2. doctorfunke - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    I would watch that, it would be awesome. Heck, I enjoyed the celebrity softball game at the All-Star break this year.
    They should also bring back that Home Run Derby show. It would be great to see current and recently retired players do that too.

  3. Knight-of-God - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    I would watch it, but then my wife forces me to watch HGTV all the time so I have low standards. Heck, I would watch underwater basket-weaving if they put them in pads and added a buzzer. I am that dang desperate to watch any sports on tv.

  4. Philip P - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    I remember a year, thinking early 90’s, when they still held an old timers game at the All-Star break and Reggie Jackson was playing. He along with the likes of Steve Garvey were the youngest players on the field and Reggie was pencilled in as the CF. While I don’t remember who was if left or right, Reggie basically had to cover 2/3 of the outfield and spent the game running laps to get to fly balls. Gaylord Perry wore a uniform that had the emblems of all his former teams the Al Hrabosky put on a fake moustache and relived his mad Hungarian routine. Again, low calibre but sure as hell entertaining.

  5. D-Luxxx - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    I always thought that Ron Washington left the Twins on a sour note. He must feel better about it now…

  6. JBerardi - Sep 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    You recall correctly. Bill Lee started it (or was one of the guys that started it, at least), but it didn’t fly financially.

  7. Ditto65 - Sep 1, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I would vote for naked underwater basketweaving, granted they were the right kind of “athletes”.

  8. Ditto65 - Sep 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    He was probably all coked up and can’t remember why he left (come on – somebody had to say it!).

  9. TimberLee - Sep 1, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Wasn’t Washington one of the “stars” of that seniors league? I followed it as closely as possible at the time and thought it was a fine idea, but all the teams were based in Florida and it lasted only the one season, as I recall.

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