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Jamie Moyer hasn’t given up on another comeback at age 50

Apr 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Jamie Moyer lasted only 10 starts with the Rockies last season after returning from Tommy John elbow surgery and spent the rest of the year trying unsuccessfully to pitch himself back to the big leagues at Triple-A, but he still hasn’t given up on another comeback.

Moyer, who’s now 50 years old, was in Seattle last night to throw out the first pitch at the Mariners-Astros games and spoke to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times about his status:

I haven’t closed that door yet. I don’t know when I would make a decision. I really haven’t put a lot of thought into it. I’m enjoying my time at home at this point. I’ve got a college senior playing baseball. A college freshman starting at Pepperdine, playing baseball. I’ve got a daughter graduating from high school, going to college. Another daughter that’s going to be a junior next year. And then I have two fourth graders and two first graders.

So, I’m enjoying my time. And I’ve got a garden growing. I’ve got lettuce I’m eating now and micro-gardens. I’m excited about that. I’ve got some fruit trees going in. I’ve got a puppy. So, I’m doing some things I haven’t done in a long time.

First of all, that’s a lot of kids. Second of all, Moyer did admit that he’s basically stopped throwing and has “just kind of let my body kind of amp itself down.” So obviously while he hasn’t officially announced anything, he’s all but retired. It was a helluva run. And congrats on the garden.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Not specific enough Craig – a lot of kids? What’s the replacement level of kids? The mean? The median? Two-way tie for the mode?

    Jamie has eight that he mentioned. That’s probably enough.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Umm – I probably meant to type Aaron. I think I meant to type Aaron.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      The replacement level of kids is a dog.

      • chacochicken - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Dogs are damned happy to play for the league minimum.

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        Dogs got more grit, too.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Awwww, doggie grit.

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        You watching the game? If you are, your boy Kelly in LF just STOLE a HR offa JP Arencebia. Dang theft is what it was.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        I am working!

        (and I got the game trax up…Miggy!)

      • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        PS Avila must be feeling studly with that new baby and all.

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        He’s feeling something, I can assure you. What I think all the better hitters are feeling is much love for Morrow’s over the belt high, ruler straight fastball. Tasty

      • historiophiliac - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        I saw the video on Kelly’s thievery. Quite nice.

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Kid flat out ROBBED JP

      • cur68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Beaver Hitz! mmmmmm. Tasty

  2. chacochicken - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    ‘I fear thee, ancient Mariner!
    I fear thy skinny hand!
    And thou art long, and lank, and brown,
    As is the ribbed sea-sand.

    • professormaddog31 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Sir Chicken, you have outdone yourself. Take a bow for bringing Coleridge into a baseball blog.

      • chacochicken - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        *bows* then flips bat

  3. 14thinningstretch - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I could see Moyer hanging around as a LOOGY almost indefinitely, if he wanted to. He was most effective last year the first time around the order – .289/.366/.494 first time through the lineup, compared to .349/.364/.523 the second time around and .328/.403/.621 the third time around – and hey, teams always like veteran left-handers.

    On the other hand, his retirement sounds pretty comfy.

  4. chacochicken - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    It sounds like Jamie might get more peace and quiet on the mound than at home.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Roy Oswalt and Jamie Moyer making noises…..

    The Band, the Band…..THE BAND!!

  6. pilonflats - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM


  7. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    A thank you to the commenters (so far) for not dragging out the stupid “Hall of Very Good” phrase.

    Hopefully its dead and buried…forever.

  8. professormaddog31 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I love Jamie Moyer. That dude can do no wrong in my eyes. I wish nothing but good health and happiness to him.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    8 kids??? No wonder he wants to be out of the house

  10. mybrunoblog - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Surprised he hasn’t taught himself how to throw a knuckleball.

  11. jwayne03 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    so what your saying is the jamie moyer doesnt pull out?!!!!!

    you should ask him to name all their names and see if you get a Cromartie response…

  12. richyballgame - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Sounds like someone the Astros should give a chance.

  13. coryfor3 - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Letting his body amp down? From what? The dude threw like 60.

  14. jt2663 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Yankees just signed Rollie Fingers to a minor league contract.

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