It is well-known that finding a job after a certain age can be difficult. Many people realize the significant benefits of working during their later years in life, with one study showing that people who work after age 65 are more likely to live longer than people who retire. The New York Mets and other baseball teams help show why employing older workers can be a very good thing.
A number of major league managers continued working even though they were of advanced age. The current manager of the Mets is 66 years old. The New York Mets has a long line of older managers who have kept the position, including manager Casey Stengel who managed the team until he was age 75. In 1973, manager of the Florida Marlins, Jac McKeon won a World Series at 73. He later retired at 75, but he was rehired to manage the team again when he was 80. A former manager of the Philadelphia Athletics managed the team for 50 years, until the age of 87.
These baseball legends show that age is valuable. With age comes experience and the ability to see the broader picture. Many of these older managers have gone on to lead teams to greater success than their younger cohorts are able to.
While the stories of these professional baseball managers is a glowing endorsement of hiring older workers, not all industries are open to the idea. Many employers find it difficult to see past a person's age. Individuals who have suffered age discrimination in the workplace may decide to hire an attorney who focuses on employment law and who might explain the employee's rights and the options available to him or her.