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This Jamie Moyer thing is gonna happen, huh?

Mar 23, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

Jamie Moyer

As D.J. mentioned the other day, with Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. Well, his latest outing was outstanding: four perfect innings, striking out four. The Giants had a lot of starters in the lineup.

While he had that one really bad start in a minor league game, in nine innings of major league action Moyer has allowed a lone run.  At 49, it looks like there’s a decent chance that he’ll make the Rockies’ rotation.

In other news, Moyer had pitched 141 major league games before the Rockies — entering their 20th season — even existed. He’s older than the entire regular starting rotation of that 1993 Rockies team is today. The only guy from the regular lineup older than him is Andres Galarraga.

  1. easports82 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Good for him. Would love to have a fraction of his career.

    On another note, how lousy do you feel as a AAA Rockies pitcher knowing you can’t beat out one of baseball’s inventors for a job?

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Eff Batman. Jamie Moyer is my superhero.

    • Gamera the Brave - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I can’t believe Craig gave you a thumbs-down…
      (Who else could it be?…)

  3. larryboodry - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Always liked Jamie Moyer, I hope he wins that spot.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Great story. Satchel Paige and Charley Hough, make room….

  5. bsbiz - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I sing of the arm of a man, who, blessed by fate,
    and Tommy John’s unrelenting ligament,
    retired and came back, left the Trojan shore.
    Long labors, both on mound and at plate, he bore,
    And in this doubting game, before he won
    The Cooperstownian realm, and built the destined town…

    • Old Gator - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Loud applause. And a sneer at the illiterate moron who thumbs-downed. Probably just a bitter Phillies…homer.

  6. mercyflush - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    “Well, his latest outing was outstanding: four perfect innings, striking out four. The Giants had a lot of starters in the lineup.”

    Strong day for Moyer. Can’t wait to see how he does against a major league lineup.

  7. skipperxc - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I will never ever get tired of random “Jamie Moyer is old” factoids. Older than the entire 1993 Rockies lineup and rotation save one guy…that’s…wow. Unbelievable.

    • ptfu - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Can’t top that, though it won’t stop me trying.

      Jamie Moyer is older than two Hall of Famers: Barry Larkin and Roberto Alomar. Since Moyer’s MLB debut, Larkin and Alomar debuted, played their entire careers, retired, sat around for at least 6 years, and were inducted into the Hall. And Moyer’s still pitching!

      Depending on how the Hall votes in 2013, that list could get a whole lot bigger. Jamie Moyer is older than and debuted before all of the following serious candidates* for the 2013 Hall of Fame:

      Jeff Bagwell
      Craig Biggio
      Kenny Lofton (marginal, I know)
      Edgar Martinez
      Fred McGriff
      Mark McGwire
      Rafael Palmeiro
      Mike Piazza
      Sammy Sosa
      Curt Schilling
      Larry Walker

      If we extend this out to 2014, add:

      Tom Glavine
      Jeff Kent
      Greg Maddux
      Mike Mussina
      Frank Thomas

      In 2015, add:

      Randy Johnson
      Pedro Martinez
      Gary Sheffield
      John Smoltz

      *Solely in my opinion. “Serious candidates” does not mean “will actually be elected”

      TL;DR depending on how long Jamie Moyer hangs on, he could be older than an entire wing of Hall of Famers!

  8. philsbirdsflyers - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Impossible to root against – gave the Phils several good years. But shifting from one disastrous start to a pitching a gem is not uncommon for him – each outing is very much tied into the umpire’s strike zone on that given day. G’LUCK

    • freddyboombatz - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I agree on he needs umps. If he aint getting the corners, he gets hit around!

  9. cur68 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    There are guys half his age pitching now who can’t get those results. C’mon Jamie Moyer…

  10. sanzarq - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I love to root for the crafty old veterans who find some way to hang around, through a combination of talent, luck, guile & determination. I was hoping that Julio Franco would play until he was 50. He almost made it. I’m betting that Moyer does it.

    More power to him. I know I’ll tune in Rockies games on MLB.TV to watch him pitch.

    Way to go, Jamie!!

  11. bobulated - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Applause to Moyer but I also think this outing was as much about exposing pretty weak hitting Giants lineup.

  12. racksie - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I’m with Giambi: He hates his family. This guy is just an amazing human being. So they trade Ubaldo, and pick up Moyer? To pitch in the thin air of Colorado? Throwing 82 MPH heat? Dang.

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