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Your Jamie Moyer Update 04/05/2012 – Get Ready For History

In Moyer’s final spring tune-up,  there was yet another sharp contrast.  Facing the Seattle Mariners, Moyer faced a 25-year old flamethrower you may know as Felix Hernandez. These two were teammates when Moyer pitched for Seattle; when Hernandez was a 19-year old rookie and Moyer was already a baseball elder statesman.

Heading into the regular season, Moyer looked ready through pitching five innings, despite the fact he allowed nine hits. In typical “bend but don’t break” Moyer fashion, he gave up four runs in 109 pitches, but he got little help from his defense; only one of those runs was earned. In short, Moyer did was Moyer does…stay out of trouble.

In contrast, “King Felix”  allowed just two hits  and struck out six. Ironically, while pitching against Moyer, it was Hernandez who is generating concerns about his velocity. Rumors have been circulating all spring that Felix had lost some hop on his fastball, and during his start in Japan he rarely topped 90 mph. In his last spring start against Colorado, only three of his pitches broke 90 mph. Even Hernandez himself made light of it.

“Really? I’m fine,” Felix said, then grinned. “I’m trying to be like Jamie Moyer. I feel good.”

Asked if he’d learned anything from his season and a half with Moyer, Felix nodded. “He told me, ‘Control your emotions.’ He was a great teammate.”

Meanwhile, Moyer threw pitches clocked as slow as 64 mph, and was asked if he ever saw frustration in the faces of hitters heading back to the dugout.

“Sometimes I hear a little muttering, but that’s OK,” Moyer said. “I’m the same way when they get a hit against me.”

This explains why now in his 25th season, the 49-year-old left-hander is set to make history.  With a 2.54 earned run average in spring training, Moyer beat out 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso to earn a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. He enters the season with 267 career victories, the most of any active major-league pitcher and 36th all time.  On Saturday, he will start against the Houston Astros in a bid to become the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to earn a victory.  He will be the first 49-year-old to play in the big leagues since Julio Franco did it for the Braves in 2007, and the oldest pitcher to appear in a game since Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm threw some innings in relief at 49 in 1972.

Naturally, this leads to more fun Jamie Moyer facts:

  • When Jamie Moyer scored his first major-league win on the mound, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States.
  • One of his sons was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2010.
  • One of the players he beat (Tyler Chatwood) for a starting spot in the Colorado Rockies’ rotation this spring wasn’t even born when Moyer made his major league debut.
  • Jamie Moyer was born in 1962. Some other famous athletes born that same year:  Roger Clemens, Evander Holyfield, Patrick Ewing, Bo Jackson, Jerry Rice, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Doug Flutie.

So, we’ve updated the Hall-of-Fame Plaque on the Dubsism Moyer-o-Meter, and now we wait for history to be made.

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6 comments on “Your Jamie Moyer Update 04/05/2012 – Get Ready For History

  1. Speaking of old, I glanced at that 16-inning Blue Jays-Indians game and realized Omar Vizquel is still in the league.

    What’s that all about?

    Guy’s older than me. And that’s sayin’ somethin’.


    • J-Dub
      April 5, 2012

      You mean he is older than US.


    • Sam's Sports Brief
      April 6, 2012

      Omar was on the White Sox last year (I’m a fan), and he is my Dad’s hero!


    • Sam's Sports Brief
      April 6, 2012

      Omar was on the White Sox last year (I’m a fan), and he is my Dad’s hero, because he is one of the few players in sports older than him (Moyer is too old to count on the list).


  2. Sam's Sports Brief
    April 6, 2012

    Hearing that last fact, knowing that Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler and more are the same age as Moyer is baffling.


  3. aero
    April 6, 2012

    This post is Moyer-iffic.


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