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Blue Jays release Jamie Moyer

Jul 5, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

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This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, but Gregor Chisholm of reports that Jamie Moyer has been given his release by the Blue Jays.

Moyer signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays late last month while the team was dealing with a string of injuries to their starting rotation. However, the 49-year-old southpaw was knocked around for 10 runs on 17 hits (including three homers) over 11 innings in two starts with Triple-A Las Vegas. He was only promised two starts in the minors and the Blue Jays have understandably determined that he wouldn’t be a good option at the major league level.

Moyer deserves a lot of credit for returning from Tommy John surgery to become the oldest pitcher ever to win a game earlier this year as a member of the Rockies, but this may finally be the end of the road for him.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM


  2. meadowlark89 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    If it is the end of his career its a shame, because he was a good pitcher for so many years with the Mariners and Phillies. Congratulations Jamie and good luck with your future endeavors.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:47 AM

      I don’t think it is a shame at all. I’m sick of hearing about him. He doesn’t seem like a pleasant guy at all. There are plenty of younger guys with less money that are more deserving of a roster spot and are much nicer people. Go away Moyer you are a munch

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:49 AM

        Yes, big, and I’ve no doubt you have done much more for your community than has the Moyer Foundation.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:14 AM

        You think i have really? Thanks but i honestly haven’t.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        If he doesn’t seem like a pleasant guy to you, maybe your definition of “pleasant guy” is quite different than the rest of us. He is a good guy who, along with the foundation he and his wife created, has done quite a lot for the community, especially kids who’ve lost a parent, among other things.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        utley’s crotch acts as if he knows the guy personally, pleasssse….

  3. micker716 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Jamie Moyer has been hearing it’s the “end of the road” for 20 years. Dude has more lives than Jason Voorhees. I’ll wait for him to decide it’s over.

  4. bouwel92 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    You gotta respect him hes still tryin and he aint acting like a Brett Farve. Only he knows when its time to call it quits. But he had one hell of a career, and hopefully he can find another team and get back on track to at least finish out this season.

    • chill1184 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      So Moyer sent a picture of his junk to a massage therapist?


  5. cur68 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Dang. I was hoping he’d agree to be Beaver Bullpen help and Romero’s pitching coach. Good luck Jamie.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      He can still be the latter.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        I’d rather see him back here, thank you very much.

  6. thepaisan - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    I feel old when i know that there’s no more players in the entire MLB that are older than me. The end of an era for sure.

    • kkolchak - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      I was thinking the same thing. That said, I’m three years younger than Moyer and can pull a muscle lying in bed these days, so I really respect that he was even able to play this year.

      • cleverbob - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        You lie in bed pulling your muscle all day?

  7. mgflolox - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I think Jamie Moyer just really enjoys pitching. He’s had a marvelous career, and if he wants to keep trying to earn a major league job, I say go for it. But if his playing career is really over, some team needs to snap this guy up pretty quick as a coach. Is there anybody out there who knows more about the art/craft of pitching than Jamie Moyer?

  8. mrfloydpink - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    If MLB is getting rid of players who simply can’t play at the highest levels any more, then I guess the Yankees will be cutting Jeter next.

  9. dan1111 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    It’s fun when this blog uses unflattering pictures of people who are big jerks, but does Moyer deserve this treatment? Can’t you find one of him throwing a baseball or something?

  10. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    Now he can go back to being an owner of Pro-Am Sports.

  11. paint771 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    Kind of makes me wonder what the Jays expected. Would they have given him a shot if he only gave up 6 runs on 17 hits in 11 innings?

    It’s like Vlad Guerrero. What was the metric of success there?

    Is it too soon to predict a Dontrelle Willis signing and release?

  12. BratLee - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    He was probably 1 week away from being called up by the Orioles when he asked for his release a few weeks ago. Grass must have seemed greener…

  13. chill1184 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Is it too late for Moyer to learn the knuckleball?

  14. cleverbob - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I think he needs to take a step back and reassess the situation. He’s had a long career, done a lot of good for his community, raised a family, etc etc. There’s just nothing left to prove. I’d hate to see this guy pitching for the Charros and hoping for one last chance at the bigs with nothing left in the tank.

  15. bbk1000 - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    There is always room for a situational lefty, if that’s what he wants to do….let’s see what happens…

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