Beyond the Boxscore’s Jeff Zimmerman recently studied the aging curves for big-league hitters. Among his findings:
- Starting at 33, hitters from more recent years (1980–2010) aged slower than ballplayers from earlier eras (1950–79), which Zimmerman suggested was thanks in part to advances in medicine.
- “The age that players peak changed from 25 to 26 when comparing the two 30-year intervals.”
- “Young-old players* peak at age 25, which is one year earlier than the general population.”
- Fast players age extremely well from their peaks at 26 to 31, then continue to outperform their peers through their mid-30s.
* “These players exhibit power at an early age with high number of walks and strikeouts.”