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Not done yet: 49-year-old Jamie Moyer signs with Orioles

Jun 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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Apparently being released by the Rockies last week won’t be the end of the line for Jamie Moyer, as the Orioles have signed the 49-year-old left-hander to a minor-league contract.

Moyer will report to Triple-A and join the rotation in Norfolk, which has amassed quite an amazing collection of former big leaguers. In addition to Moyer the roster also includes Miguel Tejada, Bill Hall, Joel Pineiro, Nate McLouth, J.C. Romero, Lew Ford, Pat Neshek, a recently demoted Tommy Hunter, and a rehabbing Brian Roberts.

As for Moyer, he seemingly has a decent chance to work his way back to the majors if the Orioles’ need some short-term rotation help in the coming weeks, but the AL East doesn’t figure to be any kinder to his high-70s fastball than Coors Field was and he went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts for the Rockies.

  1. burgundyandgold - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    It’s like 1994 all over again. Go O’s.

    • fellspointbird - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Its so much better than that. We’re in first place!

  2. atworkident - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I really hope Jamie has continued success. He’s one of my favorite all-time players. Keep it up Jamie, don’t stop! I’d love to see him make it to 50.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Mine too, for no reason other than he’s actually older than me!

      • Old Gator - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        Are you kidding? His Player’s Association pension is going to vest some day while he’s tuning up in the bullpen for his next start.

      • umrguy42 - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        OG, he’ll be signing up for AARP in the dugout :p

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    He’s only a handful of years younger than Showalter.

  5. bobulated - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    The AL East is exactly where a guy should be after giving up almost 6 runs a game in one of the worst offensive divisions in baseball. They would have been better off signing Palmer out of the booth.

    • genericcommenter - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Angelos probably wants to help him pass Mussina on the career wins list. Maybe Palmer can comeback and reclaim his spot.

      • derklempner - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        They’d have better luck getting Jim Flanagan back on the mound…

      • harrysatchel - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        It’s Mike Flanagan, and that was a pretty classy comment

      • derklempner - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        You’re right, harrysatchel. My mistake.

  6. uuddlrlrbastart - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Are the Orioles signing every single veteran player who gets released?

    • derklempner - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      No, the Cubs are signing their fair share as well.

  7. genericcommenter - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Ah, I remember those Os years when he was a young kid in his 30s who hadn’t figured things out yet.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Yeah I remember that 1934 O’s team too.

  8. antlerclaws - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    I personally hope he does well, at least gets to finish out the season in the Majors. I have to cheer for my fellow Olds. (47 as of yesterday.)

  9. proudliberal85392 - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I love it. You go, Jamie!

  10. raindog - Jun 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Awesome. I have no doubt he has more in the tank.

  11. mybrunoblog - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Right after the Moyer thing the Orioles issued at press release and formally announced the resigning of Boog Powell,
    Ken singleton and Eddie Murray. Calls have also been put in to Tippy Martinez and Billy Ripken.

  12. baseballisboring - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    He’s done. Had a good run though.

  13. derklempner - Jun 7, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I hope he can continue to pitch until he’s 50 years old, mainly because I didn’t get to see Julio Franco attain the same feat. It’s time for some new “old-timers” to show they can get the job done later in their career.

  14. cur68 - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Good luck, Mr. Moyer. Do not go gently…

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