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LaTroy Hawkins plans to pitch next season at age 41

Sep 23, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

LaTroy Hawkins AP

On the same day he saved the 100th game of his career Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he definitely plans to continue pitching next season at age 41.

And performance-wise there’s certainly no reason for him to call it quits, as Hawkins has thrown 68 innings with a 3.06 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio that stands out as the best of his two-decade career.

Hawkins was a bust as a starter and then as a closer with the Twins early in his career, but settled in as one of the most consistently solid right-handed setup men in baseball for the past dozen years or so. He has a 3.09 ERA in 711 total innings since 2002 and has had an ERA above 4.00 just twice during that time. He’s been closing for the Mets in Bobby Parnell‘s absence, but expect Hawkins to land another setup gig.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I remember playing Ken Griffey Jr. baseball on the Nintendo 64 console. LaTroy Hawkins and Raul Ibanez were both on the game and marginally average at best. If you would’ve told me they both would be in the league 15 years later I would’ve called you batshit crazy.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      LaTroy Hawkins and Raul Ibanez’s baseball careers outlasted the Nintendo 64. Nice Factoid.

  2. sdelmonte - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    It would be nice if the Mets could get Hawkins at a similar rate as this season, and keep him around either in case they trade Parnell and need a stopgap till Vic Black is ready, or in case Parnell’s recovery is slow. He definitely helped shore up a pen that needed it.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Wouldnt mind having The Hawk back in orange and blue

  4. Francisco (FC) - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Let’s see…

    Old Veteran – Check
    Career Best Season – Check
    “8th Inning” Reputation – Check
    Likely to accept a two year contract – Check

    Ruben! I’ve found you your new Setup Guy!

  5. cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Like we always say in these moments,

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    -Dylan Thomas, 1951

    I hope LaTroy’s back next season. And Raúl Ibañez.

    • yahmule - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      And Jamie Moyer with his brand new knuckleball.

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