Tino Martinez is 37-years-old. As of this AM, Tino has hit 9 homeruns this season. This is pretty much a 40-HR season pace.
How many Yankees have hit 40+ homeruns in a season while being 37-years-old, or older? Just one. Some guy by the name of George Herman Ruth did it in 1932.
Say Tino slows a tad on the big fly pace. What if he posts 30 long balls for the year? How many Yankees have hit 30+ homeruns in a season while being 37-years-old, or older? Again, just one – that Ruth fella again. Following that 1932 season where he hit forty-one, he hit 34 out of the park in 1933.
OK, while we’re on it. How many Yankees have hit 20+ homeruns in a season while being 37-years-old, or older?
Well, ol’ G.H. Ruth did also have 22 HRs in 1934 when he was 39-years-old. (I’m starting to think he was a pretty good hitter.) So, he’s on the Old-Timer 20+ HR list three times. And, besides him……..we have just three:
Johnny Mize in 1950 (with 25), Paul O’Neill in 2001 (with 21) and Graig Nettles in 1983 (with 20 on the nose).
What does this all tell us? It says if “Bamtino” can keep it up this year going yard, we’re seeing something pinstripily special.