Felix Hernandez wants reporters to know he’s not as old as they think

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Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez has been around seemingly perpetually, however he took a chance to remind reporters he’s not as previous as they could assume.

Earlier this yr, Hernandez agreed to a minor-league cope with the Atlanta Braves after spending the primary 15 years of his major league profession with the Seattle Mariners. Ahead of his first season with the Braves, Hernandez was asked whether or not he's getting ready in another way for season No. 16 compared to others. In line with The Athletic’s Dave O’Brien, the previous Cy Young Award winner was quick to level out he’s not “that previous.”

It does feel like Hernandez must be older than he's considering he’s creeping up on a 20-year career. Nevertheless, Hernandez was just 19 years previous when he made his main league debut. The question relating to preparation is a legitimate one although as a result of Hernandez has a whole lot of mileage on his right arm. He’s topped the 200-inning mark eight occasions and has two other seasons with over 190 innings pitched.

Hernandez has struggled in current seasons to duplicate his early success. Whereas he’s not previous when it comes to age, he should struggle the perception that his greatest days are behind him, which is what his 6.40 ERA from last yr suggests.