Jayson Werth retired from professional baseball earlier this year at the age of 39, but it doesn't look like he's completely ready to stop playing the game he loves. Apparently, that means he could be terrorizing the local Washington D.C. baseball-playing population in the coming years.
Werth, after deciding to retire in June, was approached by former teammate Adam LaRoche about playing in a tournament for former major league players down in Louisville. Werth needed a bit of practice before the event, and decided to play for a local "men's league" team for one game.
The Washington Post has a great writeup on Werth's cameo. There's also video of him absolutely crushing a 3-0 pitch over the trees into left field. It's fair to say he's just as strong as ever.
Werth joined the team via his friend Matt Mika, who was actually one of the people shot at the Congressional Baseball Game last year.
So Werth reached out to Mika, who had mentioned that he plays in a couple of wood bat leagues in the area, and asked if any of his teams had room for one more. Mika ran the idea by Markowicz, the team manager, who sought approval from the DCMSBL commissioner and his fellow coaches before giving Werth the green light to sign a waiver, pay the league dues and join the team.
Here's video of the monster shot. Werth went 1-for-3 in the game with a walk. He also struck out and grounded out to the shortstop during the contest.
Werth, in his career, played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. His final official at-bat in the majors came for the Nationals last season - but he did play in the team's minor league system this year.