Forty-two year old Matt Stairs is currently with the San Diego Padres. If he makes the team's opening day roster, it will mark his 12th major league team, the most ever for a position player!
to Oakland (probably his most successful stint)
to Kansas City
Eleven stops in minor league cities and a stint in Japan, and now to San Diego, where he hopes to be a pinch hitter.
Pitchers (such as Ron Villone) have played for 12 teams apiece. A position player has never done that.
He has a quirky left-handed swing. He isn't shy about admitting he always swings for a home run. He is short and, well, he has been, er, stout,
but is in better shape this year thanks to a rigorous (senior) hockey recreation league in Maine. He also claims success on the NutriSystem diet.
He is successful in the eyes of Dinged Corners because we've compiled enough first-hand evidence to add him to our Nice Players List (at right).
So Jamie Moyer is pitching at age 47, Tim Wakefield and Omar Vizquel are playing at 43. We're rooting for you, Matt Stairs. Here's to the Working Men of Baseball.
Here's the question: On the other side of the coin: what young player, unproven but promising, have you decided to collect? Leave a comment and we'll do a post on that. If you are motivated, please email us a scan of your card(s) of that player. We really want to know! Spring fever.