Red Ruffing was one of the New York Yankees best pitcher in their gloried past. At the age of 34 in 1939, Ruffing won 21 games and lost seven. He had a fine 2.93 ERA and a 148 ERA+.
It was the second consecutive season in which Ruffing had been 21-7. Nineteen-thirty-eight and 1939 were the only times Ruffing ever won 20 games.
When Allie Reynolds was 35-years-old, he had his greatest season. Reynolds was 20-8, led the league with 160 strikeouts, a 2.06 ERA and a 161 ERA+.
When Whitey Ford, the greatest of all New York Yankees, was 34-years-old in 1963, he had a season that many consider better than his season of 1961. Ford finished at 24-7 with a 2.74 ERA and a 129 ERA+. Ford's 24 wins led the league.
Ron Guidry had the greatest season of any Yankees pitcher when he won 25 games in the glorious season of Bucky Dent's home run at Fenway Park. In 1985, at the age of 34, Guidry led the league with 22 wins, a .786 winning percentage and his lowest ERA since the strike-torn season of 1981.
David Wells had a checkered career that improved greatly when he joined the Yankees. For the greatest team in baseball history, Wells was 18-4 in 1998 and led the league with a 1.045 WHIP. He had never won as many as 18 games in any season of his career. He also threw in a perfect game.
When general manager had the chance to obtain Roger Clemens from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Wells, Cashman jumped at the chance.
Clemens had won 21 at the age of 34 in his first season with the Blue Jays in 1997. He followed that with 20 wins in 1998. The statistics were the best of his career.
With the Blue Jays, Wells won 20 games for the only time in his career when he was 37-years-old. With the Yankees in 2001, Clemens was 20-3 at the age of 38.
More recently, the wonderful finally won 20 games. He was 39-years-old and retired on the highest note of his career.
Roger Clemens finds himself among some of the greatest pitchers of all time, all of whom had great season when the reached their mid-thirties or older.
And the above are merely pitchers that were Yankees. Why not research some of the other greats that had some of their best seasons at advanced ages?
But some individuals want to believe the worst about some players.
There are, as difficult as it might be to believe, some fans, even Yankees fans, that aren't sure why Clemens had some great seasons after the Boston Red Sox thought that he had seen his best years.
Simply another error by the Red Sox.