RESULTS: The Least Remarkable 40-Something Position Player

Earlier this afternoon, we asked ourselves who is or was the least remarkable position player to play into his 40s. My initial guess, Craig Counsell, and your suggestions give him a run for his money. Here are your responses:

Lenny Harris (suggested by mattman and Dan Lucero). Statistically, he certainly fits the mold, but once his worth as an everyday player declined, he was able to turned himself into the most prolific pinch-hitter in baseball history. That doesn't necessarily make him "good," but I'd argue, at least, that it makes him remarkable.

Charlie O'Brien (suggested by RogoRooter). As Stephen Suffron suggested, the backstop is a great place to begin this search. O'Brien barely qualifies for inclusion in this discussion, as he appeared in nine games after his 40th birthday. For a few years, though, he kept a pace that would have given him 20 home runs a season, had he ever played a full season.

Brief tangent, because it isn't often that we get to talk about Charlie O'Brien. In 1996, buried deep in the sports section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there was a short piece reporting that O'Brien, who had since been acquired by the Mets, had received his 1995 World Series ring from the Braves. It quoted O'Brien as saying that someone came to his hotel room and delivered the ring to him via song-and-dance. It's one of the funniest things I've ever read in a newspaper, and I really, really wish I could dig up the original article.

Brad Ausmus (suggested by and ). Indeed, Ausmus, statistically, was Charlie O'Brien minus power-hitting ability. And while O'Brien's coaches limited him to about 2,500 career plate appearances, Ausmus had over 7,000. Ausmus was a catcher, though, and a good one defensively.

While your answers gave me a lot to think about, I must, for the first time, declare my original answer to be the correct one. Counsell, to the best of our knowledge, is the least-remarkable 40-something position player. As I said, no disrespect to the man. Rather, a tip of the cap to a guy who has been able to shrewdly leverage his talents into an uncommonly long career in the top echelon of his industry.

Thanks again, friends. Happy opening day. If you have an idea for a question for next week, by all means, tweet me (@jon_bois) and let me know.

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