Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Don't Call it a Comeback

Inspired by his performance during the 2009 Boston Red Sox fantasy baseball camp, at age 49, Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd is attempting a comeback. The former Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers pitcher wants 15 minutes to prove that he can still pitch. Though I doubt he has a legitimate chance, in the era of baseball expansion, he just might receive a serious look.

Boyd had a 10-year Major League career as a pitcher. He played for the Red Sox from 1982 to 1989, which included a 16-10 record with the 1986 American League champion Red Sox. In 1990, he pitched for the Expos. Ended his career in 1991 after splitting the season with the Expos and Rangers. He finished his career with a 78-77 record and a 4.04 earned run average.

When I heard about Boyd's attempt at reviving his career, it made me think about Jim Palmer's attempt at a comeback with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991. Palmer, then 45 years old, retired seven years earlier and was already enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Due to injury, he never made it out of spring training.


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