Luis Severino will try to do what these 3 former greats couldn't do with the Mets

Will Luis Severino join this list?

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Warren Spahn was over-the-hill when he took the mound for the New York Mets

Warren Spahn was already a 14-time All-Star when he captured his only Cy Young Award at the age of the 36.

While current Major League starters can barely can get through five innings and tend to break down before they even make it to the Big Leagues, beginning at age 35, from 1956 through 1963, Spahn won 167 games, winning at least 20 in seven of the eight campaigns. And he led the league for five consecutive seasons (1957-1961) in wins and led the league in complete games in each of those seasons totaling 165.

In 1964, at age 43, Spahn pitched to a 6-13 record with an ERA of 5.29, more than double his ERA of the previous season. And he threw 80 innings less and only four complete games.

The Mets were not a very good team and were more interested in bringing in well-known aging stars to boost attendance at the time, so, at age 44, the Mets purchased him from the Braves.

It didn’t work out so well. Spahn pitched to a 4-12 record and 4.01 ERA before the Mets released him in July. He was picked up by the Giants for the stretch run that season, but the winningest lefthander in history (363 wins) was soon out of baseball.

Hopefully Severino can join this list as another Cy Young Award winner rather than yet another Mets disappointment.

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