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Call these the "Barry Bonds" awards if you must, but let's take a look at some of the older players having incredible seasons. The only provision is that the player must be 35 or older.

C: Jorge Posada

Okay, so he's not matching the season he had last year, but Posada has produced pretty well when he's played. As a 36 year old I still don't know how many .800+ OPS seasons Posada has left in the chamber however keep in mind that over his career he's only caught 1,387 games, as opposed to say Ivan Rodriguez who has caught 2,129 games and is also 36.

1B: Jason Giambi

Another Yankee you say? Get used to it, this list features another one later on. Giambi is having a resurgence unlike anything we could've expected and single handedly ending all speculation about the Yankees buying his contract out just to get rid of him. There's a possibility the Yankees turn Giambi away at this winter to pursue other options, but Giambi will still find work somewhere with a .263/.397/.550 line.

2B: Mark Grudzielanek

Somewhere Grudzielanek is making Dayton Moore fist bump multiple times with a grin on his face and a phone in his hand. The 38 year old has always been solid and the Royals will almost certainly use him as a chip this deadline to get something in return. A 2006 Gold Glove award and a career second best OPS will all but raise his value.

3B: Chipper Jones

So Chipper's flirtation with a .400 batting average is probably over, but he's still having a heck of a season. .390/.483/.632 from a 36 year old switch hitting third baseman is unheard of. Jones is reminding us of how special his talent truly is, even if his numbers do dip as the season endures.

LF: Manny Ramirez

With all the recent talk of Manny not being able to hit a fastball it's easy to think his bat has fallen off. A glance at his numbers suggest that, no, Manny Ramirez is not the unearthly slugger he was through 2006 however he's actually duplicating last season quite well. He's a free agent as season's end and the only thing more likely than Manny getting a sweet deal is legally changing his name to Mann-E.

CF: Jim Edmonds

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Edmonds was left for dead after his stint in San Diego, yet Jim Hendry's questionable acquisition has worked out. When Jim Edmonds matched up against Troy Percival I joked to Marc Normandin that this would be an awesome 2000, but Edmonds has risen from the grave and looks like he might have a year left after all.

RF: Brian Giles

In 2006 Brian Giles slugging fell below .400 for the first time in his career, an indication that his power might be on the verge of extinction, in reality it wasn't, and Giles has used PETCO to leg out a few more triples than he should over the years. In the five or so years he's spent with San Diego he's went from home to third 23 times, something he did 30 times from 1995 through most of 2003.

DH: Frank Thomas

Another guy left out to hang; Thomas couldn't hit with Toronto through 60 at-bats but almost instantaneously found his swing in Oakland. Obviously none of us knows how many more seasons Thomas has left, yet every time he's "done" he comes back and finds himself with a new contract in hand.

SP: Derek Lowe

It's a bit odd to include Lowe on this list, not because he hasn't been usual Derek Lowe, instead because he doesn't seem that old. It seems like just yesteryear Lowe was entering his third season as closer for the Red Sox, now he's entering free agency for the second time this decade and very well could land a comfy gig perhaps back in the northeast.

CP: Mariano Rivera

Now we reach the pinnacle of amazing. Outside of noting Rivera's strand rate of 94% let me just list the numbers: 37.3 IP 20 H 2 HR 4 ER 3 BB (!) 42 K 0.96 ERA 0.616 WHIP.


I'm sure you noticed the lack of a shorstop and that's simply because there aren't any shortstops performing extremely well that are 35+. Derek Jeter is only 34 and neither him or Miguel Tejada are having great seasons.