Via Deadspin, a data point that Japanese baseball is a bit different than what we’re used to. Specifically, a high school game which lasted 50 innings and was played over four separate days. It was 0-0 through 49 innings and ended with a score of 3-0 following a 50th inning rally by the visiting team.
The kicker: the same two starting pitchers pitched all 50 innings each. Which, even though it was broken up over four days, is a crazy, crazy workload. One pitcher tossed 709 pitches. The other threw 689.
Baseball is a young man’s game. Whereas, a few short years ago, teams went into battle with a lot of guys with ten or twelve years of experience under their belt, these days such veterans are a dying breed. Whether you chalk it up to teams favoring youth because youth is less expensive, the game simply favoring younger, more athletic players, the decline in PED use among ballplayers or some combination of all three, the fact is that it’s better to be 23 in Major League Baseball these days than 33.
Turner is 33 — he turns 34 in November — yet he remains at or near the top of his game. It’s been a shorter season than usual for him due to an injury that cost him all of April and part of May, but his production when healthy remains at a near-MVP level. He’s hitting .318/.413/.525 on the year, and his return coincided with the Dodgers shaking off their early-season doldrums. Now, with his help, they are on the verge of yet another NL West title.
Not only that, but he’s doing that while holding down a second job!