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Moyer hoping to pitch beyond 2010

Feb 14, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

moyer small.jpgJamie Moyer underwent three different surgeries this offseason and turned 47 in November, but he’s not yet thinking retirement.  He spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andy Martino on Saturday:

“The way I look at it, why limit myself? If I would have limited myself
at 29, when I was released for the second or third time, I wouldn’t be
playing. That was what, 18 years ago? If I would have believed what they
said, you know, ‘take a coaching job, and if something comes up for you
with another job you can take it.’ If I would have followed that route,
I would have never known what these last 18 years would have brought
me.”

Moyer posted a respectable 4.94 ERA and 1.36 WHIP last season and clearly still has a deep love for the game.  The Phillies obviously view him as a contributor, whether in the starting rotation or out of the bullpen, because they signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract extension one month after his 45th birthday.

  1. Rays fan - Feb 14, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Go for it, Jamie Moyer! As long as you’re around, there’s still one active player younger than me!

  2. Rays fan - Feb 14, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Ooops, I meant “older than me” on my last post, not younger. Guess I’ll go have some Ensure now.

  3. Darrell V. Watson Jr. - Feb 14, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Jamie Moyer should continue as long as he can contribute; he’s a class guy who will only help the pitching staff there. It’s like having another coach who doesn’t have issues with mgment, so the players can talk freely with him.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I bet you that one of those operations was a monkey gland implant. His insurance won’t pay for it going in, but unless he’s getting his Cialis from Canada, it’ll still be cheaper once he amortizes it.

  5. s/k - Feb 14, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    the phillies are phenominal !!!

  6. s/k - Feb 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    the phillies are phenominal !!!

  7. Jonny5 - Feb 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    You can’t help but to love this guy…. He get’s to end his career with the team he cheered for as a kid. Very rare for a ball player.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    I don’t have to love this guy. There’s been some stranger reported to be “approximately” 47 years old hanging around the playground trying to sell the kids horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches he keeps hidden under his raincoat.
    .
    All of which notwithstanding, the Feesh solved him last year and that’s not a good omen, trust me. Chris Coghlan really fattened his Rookie of the Year portfolio on Moyer (.500), same as Cody Ross, and even Josh Johnson batted .333 against him. The former Feesh Fryer
    got his ass handed to him by guys he used to befuddle on an epic basis.
    .
    Clearly, Moyer confined himself to veggie burgers while pitching in a city whose culinary renown is based largely on its ability to sell defibrillators and cholestatin. My hat’s off to him; he was able to resist the pheromones that the local cooks have to sprinkle on their horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches to get people who should know better to cultivate their preexisting condition exclusions from childhood. But the party’s over. Bring up some kids from the minors and give them their shots before the temptation to sell them to the ethanol processors proves too much.

  9. Jonny5 - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    I was at the games the Feesh whooped on us old Gator, it was a sad state of affairs for me, luckily my seats were complimentary…. It just amazes me a 47 year old could maintain a spot on a championship teams roster….Let alone to be on the mound as a starter. I just hope Moyer still has it after his terrible off season….

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