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Jamie Moyer is serious about wanting to pitch in 2012

Dec 25, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

Phildelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it.  At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset.

He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure.  But he expects to find an invitation to spring training heading into 2012 and he believes that he still has the goods to earn himself a major league roster spot.

The veteran southpaw spoke optimistically to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times on Friday afternoon, just under four weeks removed from major elbow surgery:

“A lot of people have seen signs over the course of my career that I should quit or retire,” Moyer said. “In all honesty, I just don’t feel like I’m ready to give it up. I feel I’m entitled to make my own decision.  The baseball people I’ve talked to before and since the surgery, all have been very positive and very supportive.”

Moyer posted a solid 1.10 WHIP and 4.84 ERA over 19 starts for the Phillies in 2010 and held left-handed batters to a .194 batting average.  The odds are probably against him making another appearance in the major leagues, but the odds were against him last year and the year before that.

Heck, the odds were against him once he hit age 40.

Not to get all sentimental, but Moyer is in the business of defying the odds.

  1. iranuke - Dec 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    He’s left handed, he can still throw strikes, of course he’ll get an invitation to spring training, unless his contract demands are unreasonable.

  2. raysfan1 - Dec 26, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    He’s the 1 & only MLB player still active that’s older than me, so GO JAIME!

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 26, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    That’s his mindset now, but I think there’s a good chance he’ll find life without baseball to be quite pleasant. It happened to guys like Pedro and Smoltz who didn’t really retire, but neither one appears to be scouring the job market for gainful employment…they both said they still wanted to pitch too.

    It is entirely possible that come Spring Training 2012, he’ll be ready and rarin’ to go, but it’s also entirely possible that with more than a year away from the game, he’ll be seeing the silver lining of retirement as a serious plus.

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