Fifty-four year old pitcher wows with his stuff

  • David Whitlock

No, we’re not talking about Jamie Moyer here.  Moyer is a young buck at only 50.  54-year-old Tom Wright of Utah is making legitimate waves and got the attention of major league teams like the Miami Marlins (okay, they’re desperate), the Chicago Cubs (a 100 loss team), and the Detroit Tigers (wait, what, the AL Champs?).  This effort started with an  inspirational YouTube video highlighting his talent and athleticism.

Mark Green of Fox 13 (Utah) reported:

Tom Wright boasted of his fitness:

“I’m dead lifting over 500 pounds,” he said. “I’ve dead-lifted over 600 pounds, and, you know, why not.”

Dodgers manager legend Tommy Lasorda commented on his knuckleball

“It’s tough to throw that pitch, and you just don’t have to be able to throw that knuckleball—you have to be able throw fastballs also, because if you get behind with that knuckleball you’re going to have to walk him,” Lasorda said.

We’re all familiar with the blockbuster Disney film “The Rookie”, the fellow is taking it to a whole new level of an additional decade and a half!

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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