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Oil Can Boyd, 49, Wants a Comeback

Feb 15, 2009 – 8:00 PM
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John Walters

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My long standing memory of Oil Can Boyd (besides, you know, the cool nickname) was having a World Series outing so bad in 1986 that not only was his turn skipped in Game 7 because of a rainout, but he wasn't even called upon in relief in that game. I remember Boyd sitting in the dugout at Shea Stadium with a look that was part morbid, part disgusted, part confused. That's what I remember about Boyd.

I'm guessing he would rather you remember him as the guy that came back to the majors after an 18-year layoff. Because that's what he's going to try to do.
"I have nothing to lose, and all a major league team has to lose is 15 minutes," said Boyd. "Give me 15 minutes and I'll show I can still pitch. That's all I want." (...)

"After surgery in '87, it took me 10 years to feel good," he said. "I wasn't on the field, started gaining weight. All of a sudden, my arm has healed. The arm strength is there and it's there consistently. The more I throw, the better it feels."
Aside from the fact that 18 years is a very loose definition of "all of a sudden", of course this is a bit strange ... but only a bit. Jim Palmer once tried a comeback at age 46, and Boyd has been pitching on barnstorming teams along with being on the Broxton Rox roster for a while. And hey, if the Mets can bring in the likes Freddy Garcia and Livan Hernandez to try out for the fifth starter spot, why not look at the Oil Can? This is, after all, the organization that signed a 47-year-old man to a two-year contract.
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