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Jamie Moyer may call it quits after another elbow injury

Nov 7, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

Jamie Moyer, Matt Diaz

The Phillies have already made it known that they have little desire to re-sign veteran lefty Jamie Moyer this offseason.  But it might not matter anyway.

According to Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego, Moyer suffered an injury to his throwing elbow while pitching Saturday in the Dominican Winter League.  It’s the same injury that cost him half of the 2010 season and now it might cost him his career.

Moyer had a nice 4.84 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 19 starts this past season for Philadelphia, but he will turn 48 later this month and he might not be back to full health by the start of spring training.  Even if he is, there’s a good chance that his elbow will blow out again in 2011 and few MLB teams will want to risk a guaranteed contract on the veteran.

If Moyer truly wants to continue pitching, a minor league deal with no guaranteed roster spot might make sense.  He currently boasts a 267-204 career win-loss record, 2,405 career strikeouts and a 4.24 career ERA.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    No more Jamie Moyer. Wow. That’s like watching the last coelocanth, the last tuatara, and Lonesome George all die off at once.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    As much as I would like to see Grandpa stick around long enough to hit 300 wins and possibly 2500 Ks, thereby giving the committee an HOF dilemma, I also don’t want to see him sticking around long enough to tarnish his legacy. If Moyer can do it, more power to him, but, Jamie, listen to your body—nobody wants to see your arm sailing toward the plate at 70mph.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM

      Man, that would mean every single player to play in the 1980’s is retired then, right? Who’s the most tenured player out there now? I don’t even have a guess.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

        So what you’re saying is that, by my secret wish that he won’t have to hang ‘em up, all I’m doing is clinging selfishly to my youth?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

        Hah, no, that’s just a benefit of the situation. ;)

        I really would love to know the now-longest tenured ballplayer though. Hoffman, if he returns?

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

        According to baseball reference ( http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2010-other-leaders.shtml ), the next oldest is Hoffman, with Matty Boy taking third—when was the last time you heard THAT? Ausmus said he’s done, right? But we seem perilously close to having no player born before the disco era. Damn I’m old….

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