MILWAUKEE At 37 years old, showcasing a fastball that no longer beats many major league batters and a breaking ball that has, at times, dipped below the speed limit outside Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Livan Hernandez doesn't cast the intimidating shadow that he once did on the mound.
Once a World Series MVP and an imposing innings-eater when the Florida Marlins wona championship in 1997, Hernandez is no longer the workhorse pitcher that twice led the league in complete games and twice was named an all-star.
But with age, Hernandez has changed more than his approach. He's changed his role. Formerly the workhorse of any rotation he was a part of, Hernandez has traded that hat in for a completely different one. He's now, arguably, the Brewers' best veteran mentor. And keep in mind, he was only signed a little more than a week ago.
Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez knew Hernandez from their days in Minnesota together. And as a young player, one lauded for his unique f...