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Ageless Moyer not slowing down

Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:52 pm
 
Jamie Moyer You watch Jamie Moyer and you wonder how, in nearly a quarter of a century, major-league hitters have not figured out how to hit this stuff.

But he just keeps doing it, making batters look silly with a fastball that tops out at 82 mph and a changeup slower than Bugs Bunny's. But being able to put the ball where you want it goes a long way. Check out the location chart from Wednesday's start against the Yankees.

At age 47, Moyer just keeps on going. In fact, he's not even slowing down. His WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) is on pace to be the fifth-best of his 24-year major league career.

On Wednesday, baseball's oldest player took the mound at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time, the 48th park he's pitched in. Some other numbers:

* At 47 years, 155 days of age, Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to defeat the Yankees (Phil Niekro was 47 and 122 days).

* Moyer won his 265th game and stands 37th on baseball's career list.

* Moyer gave up two home runs and now has surrendered 504, just one behind Robin Roberts for the all-time lead.

* As noted by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times , Moyer was older than both men in the Yankees broadcast booth Wednesday night (Paul O'Neill and Al Leiter), Yankees manager Joe Girardi and four members of the New York coaching staff.

* Also via the Times , Moyer caught Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada and Curtis Granderson looking for his first three strikeouts of the night. The pitches were 80, 81 and 81 mph.

-- David Andriesen

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