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The last time we here at Dubsism posted on this subject, we were fearful that it might in fact be the LAST time. After all, the last time we wrote about Jamie Moyer, he was 48 years old, and his elbow had almost exploded off his body, two things that seem to spell the end for a career as a major league pitcher. In fact, we were so fearful this was the end we made sure to point out Moyer’s other career options.
Since we last discussed all things Moyer, both he his wife Karen received honorary doctorate degrees as Doctors of Public Service from Saint Joseph’s University for their charitable work with the Jamie Moyer Foundation. Moyer was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of Fame in 1999 and he still holds the school’s records for strikeouts in a season and ERA. He is the only baseball player in Hawks’ history to have his number retired, and combined with his Doctorate of Baseball Stuff, this is why we launched the Moyer for President campaign. Face it, America, none of us are getting anywhere with the current class of dopes we keep electing, so why not?
Because he’s not done with baseball yet; that’s why not.
Despite the fact he will find an AARP card in his mailbox later this year, despite the fact he is 49 years old and on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow which sidelined him all of last season, Moyer is in camp with the Colorado Rockies, and he very well may make the roster. Wednesday, Moyer pitched two scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in his first Major League appearance in over a year and a half.
Moyer last pitched in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies on July 20, 2010. Last year was the first summer in the last 40 years that Moyer didn’t pitch. In his two innings of work on Wednesday, Moyer held the Giants to a single and crafted his way to five ground-ball outs and a single strikeout. Moyer , who was never known as a “fireballer,” topped the radar gun with an 82-mph “fastball” that he “blew” past up-and-coming slugger Brandon Belt.
If Moyer makes the team, he’ll become the fifth pitcher to play in the majors for a 25 years or more, joining close friend Nolan Ryan (27), along with surgical namesake Tommy John (26), 16-time Gold Glove winner Jim Kaat (25), and knuckle-baller Charlie Hough. Not mention, Moyer would become baseball’s active leader in wins (267), plus being by far the oldest player in the game currently, and the oldest since Phil Niekro pitched for the New York Yankees at age 49.
The Rockies are beginning to take on the look of a team with a geriatric section, considering in camp as we speak, they have Michael Cuddyer (32), Ramon Hernandez (35), Casey Blake (38), Todd Helton (38), and Jason Giambi (41). Moyer makes a perfect pitching addition to this cast of grizzled veterans who seem to be in place to teach the next generation of up-and-coming Rockies.
Let’s be honest; with a 82-mph fastball (at best), Moyer isn’t going to overpower anybody, but that has never been his game. He keeps the barrel of the bat off the ball, and even though he’s the all-time leader in home runs allowed, he only ever led the league in that category once, and his 267-204 record and his 4.24 career ERA suggest that Moyer’s real strength is getting himself out of jams.
Here’s hoping Moyer makes it, if for no other reason so we can bring back the Moyer-o-Meter…
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