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Former Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd said he would like to return to the major leagues, a mere 18 years after he last pitched in MLB. Boyd, 49, reportedly sees himself as a modern-day Satchel Paige, who pitched in the majors into his 50’s.
“Satchel being my idol and knowing he didn’t come into the (majors) until he was in his early 40s, that’s always been in the back of my mind,” Boyd told The Boston Globe. “Now, I’ve been given back the fastball I once had. I want to play.”
Boyd said his fastball is still in the low 90’s and his breaking pitches are still sharp. Is this guy serious?
Former Sox catcher/first baseman Mike Stanley recently cought Boyd at Red Sox Fantasy Camp.
“He looks no different to me now than when I caught him in Texas (with the Rangers). He still has the same passion. I don’t know if he was getting to 90 because we didn’t have a (radar) gun, but he still had the same stuff. The same tight slider, curve, fastball,” said Stanley.
Boyd pitched for the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League in 2005 and hasn’t pitched since. He went 78-77 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 years with the Red Sox, Expos, and Rangers.
Reaction: This would be so much fun if ol’ Oil Can could somehow make it back to the major leagues at 49. I can imagine a team with a poor record signing him to a small deal during the summer just so he can pitch. It’d be great PR for the team, and for Boyd as well. Mark me as someone that would LOVE to see Oil Can Boyd strike out Alex Rodriguez.