About Jim Mecir

James Jason Mecir was born on May 16, 1970 in Queens, New York. Despite being born with a club foot, he became a Major League pitcher, making 474 appearances for 5 teams in a 10-year career.  Mecir spent 4 ½ years with the Oakland A’s and is portrayed in Michael Lewis’s bestselling book and the movie about that team, Moneyball.

Mecir was drafted by the Seattle Mariners from Eckerd College in the 3rd round of the 1991 amateur draft. His first big-league game [for Seattle] was against the Yankees in 1995. He played for the Seattle Mariners for one year, then went on to the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1998 to 2000, the Oakland Athletics from 2000 to 2004, before spending the last year of his career with the Marlins. Mecir announced his retirement in 2005 following the Marlins’ last game of the season.

In 2003, Mecir received the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually to the player who most effectively overcomes adversity to succeed in baseball. He was born with a club foot; despite several childhood surgeries that helped correct his birth defect, he was left with a right leg that was about an inch shorter than his left, an atrophied right calf, and a fused right ankle.  This made it impossible for him to properly push off the rubber with his right foot. He was forced to develop an unorthodox delivery that gave him an unusually violent screwball. Mecir was one of the last pitchers to regularly throw a screwball.

James Jason Mecir

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 195 lb.

Born: May 16, 1970 in Bayside, NY
High School: Smithtown East (St. James, NY)
School: Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 1991 amateur draft.
Signed June 4, 1991
Debut: September 4, 1995
Teams: Athletics/DevilRays/Marlins/Yankees/Mariners 1995-2005
Final Game: September 28, 2005

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  • If you lack confidence you are defeated before you compete.
  • Even the experts are not always right! Find new ways to do things.
  • Attitude can overcome adversity, and there is an opportunity in nearly every situation.
  • Being committed and passionate about what you do makes all the difference.