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Jamie Moyer is poised to become the home run king

Jun 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Jayson Stark points out something I hadn’t noticed: Jamie Moyer is four homer runs allowed away from becoming the all-time leader in that category.  When he does it, he’ll pass pformer Phillie Robin Roberts for the title.

A partner in my old law office once had a $100 million judgment entered
against his client following a month-long trial. We tried to give him crap over it and he said, in all seriousness, “anyone can win a $50,000 case, but it takes one hell of a lawyer to lose a
$100 million case.”

And he was right about that. No one would ever give
some schmuck like me that kind of responsibility, and no one would ever give an ineffective pitcher so many chances to give up long bombs. It’s like that with a lot of records. A Hall of Fame hitter is the all-time strikeout leader.  Nolan Ryan is the modern-era leader in games lost. The all-time blown saves list is filled with elite relievers.

Baseball is a game of failure (or so the saying goes). For a pitcher, giving up a home run is a failure of sorts.  But being around to give up as many as Jamie Moyer has is a testament to how someone works around their failures and compensates for them, thereby allowing them to, um, fail another day.

There’s something kind of nice about that.

  1. Seth - Jun 1, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    I’d be curious to know how long the guy’s been retired who hit the first dinger off Moyer.

  2. Steven - Jun 1, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    First HR given up June 23, 1986 to Juan Samuel of the Philadelphia Phillies. Samuel retired after the 1998 Season.

  3. Jonny5 - Jun 2, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    This guy pitched and won against the Braves May 23, 1987. The next time he pitched against the Braves was May 25, 2007. So he has the record for longest stretch between pitching, against one team He won that one too. He leads the Majors of active pitchers with 263 wins and 2374 strike outs. The oldest to throw a shut out. I don’t even know how long his career could go at this point. I thought he was finished last season, but as we see, It ain’t so….
    Captcha: pumping winnings

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