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Lilly, 37, recently had nerve endings in the right side of his neck cauterized in an attempt to alleviate neck pain that had been hampering his ability to pitch.
Is that really unexpected for Pavano?
I remember when we were speculating about the "last Expo" years ago, the favorites were Rauch and Cordero. Then it became Izturis.
At this point I'd put my money on Chen or Downs, one of whom will pitch 70 games with 30 innings at age 44.
His first mistake was trying to shovel snow with his spleen, and not with his hands and arms. Ouch.
My favourite part of doing this research was finding out that the last living Federal League (1914-1915) player (Edd Roush) lived until 1988!
One thing about Ted Lilly - he never had a beard or goatee or anything. It seemed like he was always clean-shaven, which is a rarity in the 21st century. Occasionally some stubble.
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