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The Phils made the right move with Moyer

Aug 13, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

Despite Rick Sutcliffe’s rantings about it last night (J.A. Happ, who is 8-2 with a 2.75 ERA should go to the pen, Rick? Really?), I think the Phillies made the right move in taking Jamie Moyer out of the rotation. According to Phil Sheridan, Jamie Moyer, despite his complaints yesterday, felt the same way about it, at least theoretically speaking, back in February:

“It was really hurtful to watch Steve Carlton finish his career the way
that he did,” Moyer said that day. “I’m not questioning why he was
playing. But . . . to see him kind of hanging on the last couple of
years – maybe he thought he could still pitch. But he struggled. I hope
I don’t have to go through that.”

Well, Charlie Manuel is trying to save him from that, isn’t he?  Beyond that, I still don’t get the “I was miseld” line Moyer was peddling yesterday.  Using that logic couldn’t the Phillies, on some level, say they were “misled” too? I mean, I’m sure Moyer told them that he still had a lot left in the tank when he signed that two-year deal, and he obviously doesn’t.

In reality, no one misleads anyone with this stuff. People hope for the best when fortysomething starters are involved. It often doesn’t pan out. When it doesn’t, the team has to make the moves that are best for the team. Ask Tom Glavine. Ask John Smoltz.

Ask the February 2009 version of Jamie Moyer.

  1. Chris - Aug 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    I’m sure the Phillies said many nice things to Jamie Moyer during the offseason. That said, I’m also fairly certain the Phillies never said, “Jamie, we’re so happy that you re-upped with us that regardless how you pitch — seriously, even if your ERA climbs to 5.47 and your ERA+ plummets to its lowest point since 19-frickin-91 — we will keep you in the rotation. Your sense of professional well-being is ultimately the most important thing to our franchise.”

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