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40-year-old Brett Tomko pitching in Dominican Republic, looking for minor league deal

Dec 14, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Brett Tomko will turn 41 next April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but hasn’t given up on his playing career.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish passed along a similar report earlier this week. This technically doesn’t qualify as a comeback, as Tomko has never really stopped pitching. He spent 2012 in the minors between the Reds and Diamondbacks and pitched with the independent York Revolution this past season.

Tomko made his major league debut in 1997 and owns a 100-103 record and a 4.65 ERA over 14 seasons in the majors. If all goes according to plan, he’ll get a chance to add to those totals in 2014.

  1. elch0nch0n - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Does this qualify as “best shape of my life”?

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Here is somebody the jays can afford to sign, I think

  3. tfbuckfutter - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Stories like these always leave me torn between “good for him continuing to do what he loves” and “pathetic, give it up already”….

    I think I tend to lean toward the former when it’s a guy who was never remarkably good to begin with, and the latter when it’s someone who had a big run and just can’t let go that it’s over.

  4. notsofast10 - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    “pathetic, give it up already”…. may your attitude and MO and define who you are…..but with professional athletes “pathetic, give it up already”…. is usually not in their blood and probably why they got their in the first place!

  5. mazblast - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    “At long last, sir, have you no shame?”

  6. sfm073 - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    As long as he is healthy and enjoys it then it his good for him.

  7. gloccamorra - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Tomko used to be a pretty good pitcher, and wasn’t bad very recently. Last year he was playing for an independent league team, and was done in by the long ball. That team in York, PA has a left field wall at 309 feet, with a 37 foot fence. Bucky Dent could hit a homer over that with a pop fly. If he IS throwing 92-94, I’ll surprised if a pitching-poor team doesn’t give him a minor league contract and invite to Spring Training. Houston couldn’t go wrong with that gamble.

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