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Not done yet: Jamie Moyer to undergo elbow surgery at age 48

Nov 30, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Jamie Moyer throwing

Jamie Moyer missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury that he aggravated while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, which combined with his status as a free agent led many to assume that he’d be calling it a career at age 48.

However, yesterday Moyer announced plans to undergo elbow surgery with an eye toward returning for a 25th season in 2012, writing “we are cautiously optimistic superman will make a comeback!” on the Facebook page for his family’s charity.

Moyer was still capable of getting big-league hitters out before the injury, going 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts for the Phillies, but he’ll be 49 years old by the time spring training rolls around in 2012 and no pitcher in the past 40 seasons has appeared in a game at that age.

In fact, Satchell Paige, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jack Quinn are the only pitchers in baseball history to take the mound at 49 or older and they combined to throw a total of just 44 innings. Toss in the normal question marks associated with going under the knife and the odds are stacked pretty heavily against Moyer pitching again. Of course, the odds were also stacked pretty heavily against someone with just 34 career wins through age 30 still being around at age 47, let alone with 267 victories.

  1. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Here’s hoping he comes back! He and Tim Wakefield are (I think) the only active baseball players that are older than me (43).
    And BTW… didn’t Warren Spahn pitch until he was like 137 years old as well?

    • BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

      I had to look it up. Spahn was 44 in his last year. Funny, I thought he was a lot older when he retired….

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Man I love this guy…….. He’s kinda crazy and delusional, but in a good way. A way that keeps him playing in the big leagues.. I hope to see him return after a stint in the minor leagues. That would be AWESOME. Go Jamie.

  3. Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!! JA-MIE!!!

    Every year he comes back, I am one year farther away from getting older. As long as he is still playing, the baseball of my youth still exists.

    I just hope he knows when to hang ’em up on his own terms and not Father Time’s. Please, Jamie, don’t be another Carlton.

  4. Charles Gates - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    He’s 47, meaning he’s mostly dead. Which means partly alive.

    • Charles Gates - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

      Oh, he’s 48? Then he’s doing it for twoo loov.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

        He clearley said “To blaaaaaathe…”

  5. apbaguy - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Maybe he just needs the surgery so he can baffle his kids at back yard wiffle ball.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

      Does Elias have a figure for the number of wiffleball homers he’s given up?

  6. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    I just want to see another 50-year old athlete (no, golf and NASCAR don’t count). Chelios almost made it. Gordie Howe was probably the last one. Although Morten Andersen might have hit 50 while still playing, he was ancient.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM

      living vicariously through other old men is not good for your mental health BC.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

        Again, he’s a Mutts fan, so his mental health isn’t really all that great to begin with.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    How many MLB players were born after Jamie’s rookie debut? 150? Go Jamie go!!!

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