James Jason Mecir was born on 16 May, 1970 in Queens, New York. Jim Mecir is an American former baseball player. Jim Mecir played for 5 teams in an 11-year career, and retired from the Florida Marlins in 2005. Jim Mecir is a right-handed pitcher.
Jim Mecir is notable for having overcome a birth defect (namely club feet) to become an effective Major League pitcher, as well as for being the last pitcher to regularly throw a screwball. Jim Mecir spent 4½ years as a member of the Oakland Athletics, and is prominently mentioned in Michael Lewis’s bestselling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Jim Mecir was drafted by the Seattle Mariners from Eckerd College in the 3rd round of the 1991 amateur draft. Jim Mecir played for the Seattle Mariners in 1995, the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1998 to 2000, the Oakland Athletics from 2001 to 2004, before spending the last year of his career with the Marlins. Jim Mecir announced his retirement on 2 October, 2005 following the Marlins’ last game of the season.
In 2003, Jim Mecir received the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually to the player who most effectively overcomes adversity to succeed in baseball. Jim Mecir was born with 2 club feet; despite several childhood surgeries that enabled him to walk, he was left unable to properly push off the rubber with his right foot. Jim Mecir was forced to develop an unorthodox delivery that gave him an unusually violent screwball. Jim Mecir was one of the last screwball pitchers active in the major leagues.
Jim Mecir was inadvertently involved in a controversy which began on 15 May, 2005. On that Sunday, Jim Mecir pitched poorly in a game against the Padres, and ESPN analyst John Kruk cited Jim Mecir’s limp when he walked to the mound as evidence that the Marlins were negligent for asking Jim Mecir to pitch while he appeared to be injured. John Kruk was apparently unaware of Jim Mecir’s birth defect, and he came under heavy public criticism for being insensitive, although Jim Mecir himself did not appear to take offense when informed of the remark.
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