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Hammel, who won 15 games for the World
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Hammel, who won 15 games for the World

DENVER (AP) — For all the excitement over the electrifying Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield , two of the baby-faced, new-age quarterbacks bringing their spread DNA from college towns to NFL cities, old standbys still stood out in 2018.“I still see older guys that are making an impact,” said Broncos linebacker Von Miller, one of those seasoned stars who shined in 2018. “I mean, we’re old, but we’re not OLD. The thing is, the young guys are playing at a higher level.”So are plenty of the “old” guys.Miller’s 14½ sacks are his most in six seasons and pushed him past Simon Fletcher’s franchise marks for most regular-season sacks in a career (98) and most career sacks including playoffs (104½).Of course, there were the greybeard quarterbacks benefiting from fewer practices and less pummeling, favorable rules and a league bent on protecting them like the golden geese they are.Drew Brees will be 40 on Jan. 15, and if things go as he hopes, he’ll be preparing for the Saints, who own the league’s best record at 13-2, to host the NFC championship.At 37, Philip Rivers is having his best season in a decade and still has a chance this weekend to land the Chargers ahead of Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC playoffs.Ben Roethlisberger, 36, could still steer the slumping Steelers into the playoffs, although they’ve been surpassed by the Lamar Jackson-led Ravens.And Tom Brady , who was getting college recruiting letters when Mahomes and Mayfield were born in 1995, is starting to show signs he’s 41, but nevertheless has the Patriots positioned for a ninth consecutive first-round bye.It wasn’t just the better-protected passers who excelled in 2018. Several seasoned position players showed the kids a thing or two, including vintage running backs Adrian Peterson, 33, Frank Gore Jordan Scarlett Jersey , 35, and Darren Sproles, 35.Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri , who turns 46 this week, surpassed Morten Andersen’s all-time mark for field goals in September, and a month later broke Andersen’s NFL career points record.Providing the perfect target for Mahomes’ high-flying run-pass-option repertoire is 29-year-old Travis Kelce, who needs 54 receiving yards Sunday against Oakland to break Rob Gronkowski’s single-season record for tight ends of 1,327.Last week, Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, 28, surpassed Jason Witten’s single-season receptions record for tight ends and now has 113 catches for 1,148 yards.Twin centers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey had stellar seasons at age 29. Mike, with the Chargers, earned his fourth Pro Bowl, and Maurkice, with the Steelers, earned his seventh.Miller was one of two Broncos who will be 30 next year who had spectacular seasons even if their team didn’t. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr . had one of his best seasons following Aqib Talib’s trade before breaking his right leg earlier this month. He said he’ll return to play in the Pro Bowl alongside Miller, the game’s reigning MVP.“For my 11 games, shoot, I had stats that some people barely have in a full season,” Harris said. “I feel like this is one of my best seasons.”He can’t believe next season will be his ninth, either.“Oh man, I really feel young, though. I’m not even looking at it as the years or anything like that. I’m just looking at how my body feels David Montgomery Jersey , and my body feels great,” Harris said. “I’ve invested a lot in it to make sure I can play forever.”Miller, also completing his eighth NFL season, figures he also has an eternity left.“I’m not even halfway through yet,” he said.As the president of the pass-rushing fraternity , Miller scans the NFL landscape and smiles at some of the seasons his brethren are having.Khalil Mack , 27, invigorated the Chicago Bears and led them to their first playoff appearance in eight years. J.J. Watt , 29, came back from an injury-riddled 2017 season to help lead the Texans‘ resurgence. And Aaron Donald , 27, signed a $135 million deal on the eve of the season, then quickly made it look like a bargain for the Rams by posting a league-leading 19½ sacks.Other older players who aren’t acting their age yet include:—Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, 28, who made his eighth Pro Bowl.—Falcons receiver Julio Jones, 29, and center Alex Mack, 33.—Ravens free safety Eric Weddle, 33, and guard Marshall Yanda, 34.—Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, 30.—Cowboys 28-year-old O-linemen Zack Martin and Tyron Smith.—Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, 35, who has 25 touchdown throws and only two interceptions , and linebacker Clay Matthews, 32.—Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, 29.—Steelers speedy receiver Antonio Brown, 30.—Titans punter Brett Kern, 32.—And Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, 28, who led Seattle’s revitalized defense after the “Legion of Boom” was broken up.
The future is back.

Twenty years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. and the Seattle Mariners‘ marketing department put on one of the most memorable promotions in franchise history — which is saying a lot, since Funny Nose Glasses Night in 1982 drew more fans than Gaylord Perry’s 300th win two nights earlier — with Turn Ahead the Clock Day.

Instead of wearing retro uniforms like most teams do for Turn Back the Clock Day, the Mariners imagined what things might look like in 2027, when they will celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The Kingdome was turned into the “Biodome.” A DeLorean drove actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on “Star Trek,” to the mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch.

The Mariners’ Moose mascot was replaced by Marty the Mariners Martian. Griffey was referred to as “Digit 24” instead of his last name by the public-address announcer.

Player positions were called quadrants. And the Mariners and their opponent that night, the Kansas City Royals, wore futuristic, untucked uniforms that Griffey, the Hall of Fame center fielder, helped design.

According to Kevin Martinez, the marketing director for the Mariners in 1998, it was Griffey’s idea to change the Mariners’ colors from navy, teal and white to crimson, black and silver. Junior wore his hat backward and spray-painted his glove and spikes silver.

“There were always some surprises,” Griffey recently told The Athletic. “You never knew what was going to happen that night. It was like, ‘Stay tuned.'”

Twenty years later Jonah Williams Jersey , the Mariners and Royals will reprise Turn Ahead the Clock Night when they meet Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio is certainly looking to the future after making his season debut in Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Mariners.

Bonifacio missed the first 80 games of the season while serving a Major League Baseball suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in spring training.

“I’m so excited to be back with the team,” said Bonifacio, who batted .255 and hit 17 home runs as a rookie last season.

Bonifacio batted .392 in 13 games for Triple-A Omaha before being activated. He batted fifth Friday, going 0-for-3.

“We’re glad to have him back,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He was swinging very well (at Omaha).

“I mean, the kid hit 17 homers last year. … Yeah, he was going to hit in the middle of the order, until all this surfaced.”

Bonifacio played left field Friday to give Alex Gordon a day off, but likely will be in right field Saturday.

“We are going to move him around. He’s going to play,” Yost said. “He’s going to play some right, play some left. What difference does it make?”

On the mound, right-handers Jason Hammel of the Royals (2-9, 5.34 ERA) and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (7-6, 5.10) will be looking for vintage performances.

Hammel, who won 15 games for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs in 2016, has lost four straight starts — in which the Royals have scored a total of five runs. The graduate of South Kitsap High School in nearby Port Orchard, Wash., is 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA in eight career appearances against Seattle, including seven starts.

Hernandez, the American League’s 2010 Cy Young Award winner, is 6-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 15 career starts against the Royals. That includes an 8-3 victory on April 10 in Kansas City in which he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
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