LaTroy Hawkins to retire in 2015, has been playing baseball since before Bryce Harper was born
On Friday morning, Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins announced on "Hot Stove" that this upcoming season will be his last. Hawkins has been playing professional baseball for longer than Bryce Harper, Miley Cyrus and Kate Upton have been alive. He made his MLB debut in 1995, the same year this iconic operating system was released:
Curious about how Hawkins' career stacks up against world history?
On Oct. 3, 1990, East and West Germany were finally reunited. In 1991, both Mike Trout and Sonic the Hedgehog were born and LaTroy Hawkins was drafted by the Twins. On Dec. 26 of that year, the USSR officially dissolved. Coincidence? We think not.
He made his first start for the Twins the same year Oasis released (What's the Story) Morning Glory? On May 17, 1998, he was the opposing pitcher for David Wells' perfect game:
A little less than ten days later, a 23-year-old Bear Grylls climbed Mount Everest.
In 2003, his last year with the Twins, Hawkins posted a 1.86 ERA as reliever. That's also the year that Eminem won an Oscar for Best Song. Mr. Mathers would have been trending on Facebook, but the social network didn't launch until 2004, the year Hawkins made his debut with the Cubs:
In 2005, Destiny's Child broke up. In 2006, Hawkins signed with the Rockies. Jay and Bey got married in April of 2008 and Hawkins began his 16th season in MLB, playing for the Yankees and the Astros. On September 27th, 2014, he made his 1,000th career appearance:
A few days later, Xander Bogaerts turned 22.