Their careers are separated by an entire century, but on Saturday, Fernando Rodney and Cy Young became equals -- at least in one way.
Young pitched in 906 games over a storied career that began in the 1800s and eventually landed him in the Hall of Fame, with baseball’s most prestigious pitching award bearing his name.
Rodney, working out of the A’s bullpen, pitched in his 906th career game Saturday against the Blue Jays, throwing a scoreless inning in Oakland's 10-1 loss.
Of course, even though Rodney and Young are technically tied in games pitched, those numbers actually are nothing alike. The sport was completely different back in Young’s day, as he set still-standing records for starts (815), innings (7,356) and wins (511) between 1890-1911. Rodney, in contrast, has thrived in the modern era of bullpen usage, never starting a game while throwing less than 900 total innings since his debut in 2002.
Still, that Rodney has fought his way to matching a baseball legend in even one stat speaks to an impressively long-lasting career. Rodney is one of the game’s most distinctive characters -- a plantain-wielding, arrow-shooting original -- not to mention a baseball survivor who has kept his place in an unforgiving league despite plenty of setbacks.