Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ageless Moyer faces Mets on Sunday
By Adam Rubin
Left-hander Jamie Moyer, who faces the Mets on Sunday, turns 50 this November.
He debuted in the majors on June 16, 1986 -- before Jon Niese, Chris Schwinden, Josh Thole, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Jordany Valdespin and Kirk Nieuwenhuis were born.
How long has Moyer been kicking around the majors? Mets third base coach Tim Teufel, 53, was a lifetime 2-for-20 hitter against him.
"He's like the same guy," Teufel said. "Very personable. I had a nice conversation with him yesterday. And he looks the same out there. He competes the same way. He's conditioned himself well. My hat is off to him. He's done a tremendous service to his family to pitch this long."
Moyer's fastball has averaged 78.1 mph this season. A decade ago, in 2002 with the Mariners, it averaged 82.8 mph.
"I think he was a little bit higher," Teufel said about Moyer's earlier days, "but still it's the craftiness of being a guy who can flip his curveball over any time or just miss his fastball off the plate. That's what he does."