He wasn’t supposed to be an outfielder for the Yankees in 2012. Or for the Mariners in 2013.
Somehow, 41-year old Raul Ibanez logged more than 1,400 innings in the outfield, while still maintaining a .240 batting average and over 20 home runs in the last two seasons. He has not spent any time on the disabled list in the last twelve years except for a 15-day stint in 2009. Still, he’s almost 42. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com asked Ibanez how much longer he can go.
…not too many more. We’ll talk at the end of the year. If we can win a World Series, then we’ll talk…I’m ready for whatever. You train in the off season to be an athlete, not to be a DH, so you have to be ready to do anything.
The Los Angeles Angels signed Ibanez for $2.75 million, and is projected to be their designated hitter. Ibanez, however, has almost 1,600 games logged in the outfield, and even has 136 games at first base. Mike Scoscia says that he’s not afraid to use Ibanez at first if an emergency comes up.
It doesn’t look like Raul Ibanez is slowing down anytime soon.