Ichiro tops 'oldies but goodies' list 

March, 6, 2012
At this time last year, Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was coming off another standout campaign that consisted of a league-leading 214 hits, a .315 batting average and 42 stolen bases, and it sure didn't seem like many people were concerned about his being 37 years old. Suzuki seemed impervious to age, still displaying the skills that were making him a top right fielder and very much in demand on fantasy draft day.

Of course, now that he's coming off a season in which he hit "only" .272, more than 50 points lower than his career batting average, he suddenly has become too old at age 38.

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Joe Nicholson/US PresswireIchiro Suzuki checks in as the 27th-ranked outfielder in the ESPN Fantasy preseason rankings.
Yep, it's time for my annual diatribe about older baseball players and how some of them can still actually help a fantasy baseball team. I know, what a concept, right? Last year I discussed Bobby Abreu and went around the diamond highlighting others on the wrong side of 35, including Lance Berkman, Derek Jeter, Scott Rolen, Jorge Posada, David Ortiz and Torii Hunter, with varying success. On the pitching side, I featured Chris Carpenter, Tim Hudson, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly and Derek Lowe; those first four were pretty good, while Lowe's problems likely had little to do with the year he was born.