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Adam Dunn, 41
Dave Kingman, 1979: 48
Frank Howard, 1969: 48
Tony Clark, 1998: 34
The 2013 season will be a well-deserved lovefest for Mariano Rivera, 43, who has announced this will be his last campaign. Rivera is the alltime saves leader (608) and has the second-lowest WHIP (0.99) in history among pitchers who have thrown at least 1,000 innings. A generation of fans can't remember an Opening Day with anyone else as the Yankees' closer.
Then there's the other end of the stopper spectrum. While established closers such as Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Wilson sit home unsigned, several teams have handed the job to pitchers with little or no experience finishing games. The Tigers anointed 22-year-old Bruce Rondon, who has never appeared in the majors but owns a 102-mph fastball and last year fanned 11.2 per nine innings in the minors. Other clubs are turning to veterans with minimal closing experience. The pitchers at left—all 30 or older, with 31 or fewer career saves and less-than-dazzling K rates—have teams depending on them.