World Masters Games 2017: Rod's Ageless Arm Keeps Going for Games

In the final of our featured articles on those involved in the baseball competition at the World Masters Games 2017, we take a look at a pitcher who has been in the game for over 30 years and pitched a gem during the tournament.

Rod Tafoya - The Ageless Arm

He signed his first professional contract in 1986 for the Puerto Vallarta Dolphins of the Mexican Winter Leagues AA level and 2017 is the first year since he hasn't been signed to a pro contract, so decided to come to New Zealand for the first time and pitch for the Boston Wolfpack in the 45+ competition at WMG2017.

In his only performance at WMG2017, Rod pitched 6 innings, giving up two runs on three hits in a 10-2 win for the Wolfpack over the Sydney Deadstars.

After going to college at Newman University and completing his degree in Business Management, Rod decided to try his luck at pro ball and as they, the rest is history, with over 400 career wins to his name, he has played as high as AAA level in Mexico, while also playing at Class-A level in the USA in the late 80's, before returning to Mexico and has played in both country's over the years since.

On May 4, 2014, Rod picked up his 300th career win at the age of 49, throwing 139 pitches in a complete game over the Albuquerque Colts for his Albuquerque Yankees in the Mens Adult Baseball League (MABL). The sotry of the game went viral through an article written by the Associated Press which was covered by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox Sports, Fox News and USA Today, among many others.

In 2012, Rod was encouraged to write an autobiography, titled "The Ageless Arm - My Passion Lives in the Core" and has been received so well, a second volume is currently in the works, with the final chapter covering his exploits at the World Masters Games in Auckland.

When speaking to Rod, it was obvious he is very proud of his baseball career, which includes one perfect game and four no-hitters over a 30 year period, including a 'double win victory day' at age 47 in the Mens Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Puerto Rico tournament, throwing 222 pitches across two games, winning both.

Rod was signed for both 2014 and 2015 seasons by the Alpine Cowboys in the independant Pecos League being used as a one out lefty option, which saw the final years of his professional career and now at age 52, Rod is still keen to play, keeping his body and arm in great shape.

Originally from Santa Fe, Rod now works as a Private Banker in Albuquerque, but keep an eye out for his name among independant baseball circles as "The Ageless Arm" looks to grace pitching mounds around the world for a few more years yet.

For all the final baseball results at medal winners, click here.


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