A look at old guys on the Indians through the years

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A look at Jason Giambi and others who've played for the Tribe at the age of 40 or older

Jason Giambi had some of the biggest hits of 2013 for the Indians, all at the age of 42. How many other players have played for the Tribe at such an advanced (baseball) age? 13, that's it, going all the way back to 1901. If you lower the age-bat to 40, there are 25 Indians on the list (including a couple Naps).

In alphabetical order:

Harold Baines, Joe Berry, Tom Candiotti, Steve Carlton, Jason Giambi, Mark Grudzielanek, Grover Hartley, Roberto Hernandez, Joe Heving, Doug Jones, Kenny Lofton, Dennis Martinez, Deacon McGuire, Terry Mulholland, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Satchel Paige, Sam Rice, Frank Robinson, Germany Schaefer, Jim Thome, Mickey Vernon, Dave Winfield, Early Wynn, Cy Young

There are a lot of great players in there, including 8 Hall of Famers, which should serve to remind you that it's few players who can still hold down a roster spot at such an age, and those who do were largely great ones (17 of the 20 players on the list who played in the All-Star era were an All-Star at least once).

Tribe "career" record holders for age 40+:

--- Pitching ---

Most innings pitched: Cy Young (504.0)

Most wins: Dennis Martinez (32)

Most strikeouts: Dennis Martinez (239)

Most saves: Joe Heving (27)

Best ERA (min. 100 IP): Cy Young (2.50)

Best ERA+ (min. 100 IP): Satchel Paige (146)

Most bWAR: Dennis Martinez (11.8)

--- Hitting ---

Most plate appearances: Mickey Vernon (404)

Most hits: Mickey Vernon (104)

Most home runs: Eddie Murray (12)

Most stolen bases: Sam Rice (5)

Best batting average (min. 100 PA): Mickey Vernon (.293)

Best OPS+ (min. 100 PA): Mickey Vernon (124)

Most bWAR: Mickey Vernon (1.2)

Tribe single-season record holders for age 40+:

--- Pitching ---

Most innings pitched: Cy Young (294.1 in 1909, age 42)

Most wins: Cy Young (19 in 1909, age 42)

Most strikeouts: Cy Young (109 in 1909, age 42)

Most saves: Joe Having (10 in 1944, age 43)

Best ERA (min. 50 IP): Joe Heving (1.96 in 1944, age 43)

Best ERA+ (min. 50 IP): Joe Having (173 in 1941, age 40)

Most bWAR: Dennis Martinez (5.7 in 1995, age 41)

--- Hitting ---

Most plate appearances: Mickey Vernon (404 in 1958, age 40)

Most hits: Mickey Vernon (104 in 1958, age 40)

Most home runs: Eddie Murray (12 in 1996, age 40)

Most stolen bases: Sam Rice (5 in 1934, age 44)

Best batting average (min. 50 PA): Jim Thome (.296 in 2011, age 40)

Best OPS+ (min. 50 PA): Jim Thome (144 in 2011, age 40)

Most bWAR: Mickey Vernon (1.2 in 1958, age 40)

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If Jason Giambi ends up playing for the Indians in 2014, even for just one game, he'll become just the 8th player ever to suit up for the Tribe at age 43 or older. The only two position players to do it were Sam Rice and Dave WInfield. Rice had 365 plate appearances and was reasonably productive (.293/.351/.364, an 84 OPS+), but he didn't hit for much pop, so the "record" for most home runs at age 43+ is Winfield's 2 from 1995. In fact, only four players in American League history have hit more than 2 home runs at age 43+ (Carlton Fisk (22), Carl Yastrzemski (10), Enos Slaughter (6), Rickey Henderson (5)) so that's something for Giambi to shoot for!

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