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At 49, Jamie Moyer becomes oldest to win a game

Apr 17, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

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After opening the season 0-2, Jamie Moyer was able to shut down the Padres on Tuesday and pick up his first victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to win a game.

At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days.

Facing a struggling San Diego offense, Moyer allowed just a pair of unearned runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 5-3 Rockies victory. He struck out one and walked two before departing following his 87th pitch.

The win was Moyer 268th all-time, but his first since June 27, 2010. He missed last season following Tommy John surgery.

Moyer won his first game June 16, 1986, beating the Phillies while pitching for the Cubs. San Diego’s opposing starter tonight, Anthony Bass, was born more than a year later on Nov. 1, 1987.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Congrats to Moyer, he pitched a great game. Padres are tough to watch, wins for them might be tougher than they are for Moyer at age 49 lol

  2. cur68 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    If Moyer had any D behind him, it wouldn’t even have been that close. Tip O the Blue Jays Cap to ya, Jamie.

    • rambodiaz - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      I think it works out that Moyer’s lined up to face the Bucs next Monday in Pittsburgh. For this, I am stoked. Gotta see if I can swing that game…

  3. cosanostra71 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    man Padres are tough to watch this year! Hopefully they get better soon

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      also, congrats to Moyer.

  4. atribecalledquestec - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I think it’s Moyer’s 268th win of all-time, but who’s counting? :-)

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Whoops. Thanks.

  5. braddavery - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    2.55 ERA so far in 3 starts. Not too bad for a 49 year-old.

  6. racksie - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Awesome! Couldn’t happen to a better guy!

  7. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Was he holding a purple highlighter? Hopefully some of you get the joke but congrats to Jaime. The guy has worked hard and deserves the spoils of his victory.

  8. illuminatemyfate - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Jamie is amazing. would love to see him to get to 275 wins for his career. miss him here in philly.

  9. hittfamily - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    I swear to god thi site sucks!!!!!!!

    I was infatuated with it. A one stop shop for news. Then I got transferred to the 10- 8 AM unit, and I realize how little I miss this place. Baseball just started, and yet the writers here are already bored. Not a single game started before 7, and since every team’s gametime start, the HBT writers only come up with a Story about AJ Burnett’s minor league relief appearance, Jamie Moyer, Scott Bakers Tomy John surgery, and a team dabbling in Zimmerman. I wish I knew where Cepts went, cause I would follow him out of this shit hole. Even worse, I want Purdueman’s fate.

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    • hammyofdoom - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      Hm, and you’re posting why? Unless of course that was all some sort of weird sarcasm rant, then…well, do better next time.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      If I were you, I’d demand a refund.

    • jwbiii - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Well, if you’d like timely game stories, MLB.com has them up fairly quickly, two per game, but no commenting. Yahoo has an AP story up fairly quickly with commenting. The level of discourse isn’t particularly high, so you’ll fit in fine.

  10. dirksimmons - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Not quite as impressive as Satchel Paige pitching at 59, but still remarkable.

    • wpjohnson - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      But Satch didn’t win and we all know his appearance was all for show. Moyer can still pitch.

      • dirksimmons - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:00 AM

        Yes, but Satch pitched 3 innings and didn’t give up a run. And he didn’t get the chance to pitch against this awful Padres team.

  11. mjay424 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Jamie Moyer is just a guy who is devoted to his craft, understands his physical limitations and finds ways to succeed anyway.

    If he can put together a quality season again you can be sure he will get the attention of more players with lesser talent who will see in Moyer what they can become with belief in themselves, smart and hard work and consistency.

    A question – if Moyer can pitch effectively in 2012 and 2013 and raise his wins total to say, 280-285, could he one day earn induction into Cooperstown? Not so much for dominance but for his body of work and ability to pitch and win at 49 and maybe 50.

    If Moyer stays healthy and continues to contribute in a positive way, the Rockies will have scored value on that contract. Moyer is making an impression on the club’s young pitching.

    Rockies Analyst (google)
    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report (google)

    • 60and6 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      I’m sure you’re right about him having an impact on the Rockies’ young pitching. A few years back you would see him sitting next to Cole Hamels all the time in the dugout during games talking, and there’s not a doubt in my mind Hamels learned a lot. If the Rockies’ young pitchers pick his brain and learn from Moyer, the team will have gotten a return for every dime they pay him.

      Congrats Jamie, glad to see you’re still getting it done. I hope my unborn son gets his first big league hit off you.

  12. Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Wonderful news. Way to go – the duffers of the world salute you, JM!

  13. stlouis1baseball - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    He is 10 years older than I am. I still got a shot! Put me in coach!
    Well done Jamie!

    • foreverchipper10 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      He is 21 years older than me!

  14. wpjohnson - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Moyer will need 300 wins for the H of F. If given the chance, he could make it. After all, Early Wynn and Randy Johnson, among others, hung around to reach that goal. Why not Moyer?

  15. hushbrother - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I remember owning one of those “Baseball Preview” type magazines in the mid-1980s and the section on the Cubs had a photo of Moyer, with the caption “The future looks bright for the Cubs with pitching prospects like young lefty Jamie Moyer.” At the time, he was apparently more highly regarded than Greg Maddux.

  16. contraryguy - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Hope Jamie doesn’t come to Cinci this year; the way the Reds are batting he’ll be the oldest pitcher to get a no-hitter.

    Moyer does lead the MLB in one other all-time stat: most home runs given up. 513. Shouldn’t keep him from a few Hall votes.

  17. Gamera the Brave - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    As someone only 153 days younger than Moyer, all I can do is stand up and applaud…
    And say something like, “Dude! You like totally rock!” (Sorry, everyone in California talks this way…).
    And wish I could at least throw faster than 64 mph…

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