Whether it is conditioning, better use in the earlier part of careers, or simply positional evolution, any fan can recognize the trend of older pitchers lasting longer than ever.

While we will likely never see a post-40 year old run like Nolan Ryan had to close his career, the likelihood of being an effective pitcher, from the rotation or the pen, is higher than ever. Who, however, are the best? In honor of Chris Carpenter’s recent 35th birthday, I look to discuss the 10 best MLB pitchers 35 or older.

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