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Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:20 pm
MoyerBy Evan Brunell

It's easy to forget players who haven't been heard from all season, but there are some out there still lurking that could return in 2012 and make an impact after taking a year off.

Jamie Moyer, who turns 49 in November, hopes he's one of them.

“I’d like to pitch again," the veteran left-hander told "I’d like to have the opportunity to walk away from the game healthy and on my own terms, and I’m willing to earn it."

Moyer was last heard from in July of 2010 as a member of the Phillies rotation. He made 19 starts, posting a 4.84 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, the latter number the best mark he had posted since 2002, when he he was 39 and had a 3.32 ERA over 230 2/3 innings as a starter. Moyer sprained his elbow and required Tommy John surgery, which wiped out the second half of 2010 as well as all of 2011. But he's nearing a return.

“If this were the middle of July, I’d be at the stage where one more good bullpen session and I’d be ready to go out on a [minor-league] rehab assignment,” Moyer said. “I’ve gone through this rehab knowing that my arm and body will stop me if they have to. So far they haven’t.”

Moyer has never been known for his velocity, but has built a career out of being durable, with a rubber arm and spotless command. All this from someone who seemingly washed out at age 29, missing all of 1992 after a weak showing in his first six seasons in the bigs, spent with the Cubs, Rangers and Cardinals. But he bounced back with Baltimore in 1993, where he remained for three years before briefly passing through the Red Sox and landing with the Mariners in a trade. That's where Moyer took off and made his name, before joining Philadelphia partway through the 2006 season and earning a ring in 2008, when he made three starts in the team's postseason race to the World Series title. Now, he's looking to play in his 25th season.

“All I can do is offer a chance to come evaluate me,” Moyer said, noting he wants any opportunity to be "serious" and not a publicity stunt. “Some clubs will say, ‘He’s 49 years old,’ but some will say, ‘Let’s give it a shot. Let’s not make any assumptions until we see him throw.’ Evaluate on what you see instead of what you think.”

Moyer was able to spend three weeks with the Phillies in their spring training home of Clearwater, Fla., working with coaches and trainers despite technically being a free agency. GM Ruben Amaro allowed Moyer to spend some time in the facility but would not promise even a spring-training invitation.

“It was very gracious of the Phillies,” Moyer said. “There were no expectations. I just wanted to be overseen by people who had seen me throw before. [Athletic trainer] Scott Sheridan knows me well and was kind enough to set up a six-week protocol for me to follow. I’m just finishing that up. I appreciate what the staff and organization did for me.”

It will be difficult for Moyer to get a job, and much of his market will likely be limited to National League teams given his pitching style. He'll probably have to compromise on what type of team he signs with, as he may have to settle for a spot on a noncontending team to pitch, or agree to start the year in the minors if he can't win a spot out of spring training for whichever teams he ends up on. The Padres might be one option, as Moyer and his family live near the city and the Padres can always use low-cost options for the rotation.  It's not clear if he would accept a minor-league assignment, but Moyer realizes what he needs to do to get a spot.

"Whatever you get in this game, you have to earn. I know I need to earn it.”

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:36 pm

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

"As a Giant fan I'd take Moyer over Zito all day everyday. At the age of 39 Moyer pitched better than zito at 29."

Kind sir, the correct term is "Giants fan".

Zito is not terrible. You want terrible? check out Noah Lowry's or Jonathan Sanchez's stats. They...were...never...good. Zito won a Cy Young with the A's...then he played for the Giants where the careers of good athletes and even some mediocre ones go to die. Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell, and what about Aubrey Huff who plays first base....he was great last year...but what happened to him this year? Did he take a vacation? 

Considering that teams these days are placing a premium on healthy pitchers it would behoove you to lessen your wrath at Zito. I like Jamie Moyer too. I hate the Phillies because they promised him a place in the rotation, but they signed Lee, Halladay, Hamels and (some other guy...could be Blanton) and that bum Oswalt so the Phillies sent him to the bullpen without telling him.

The A's should sign Moyer....if they do...then the A's lefties will be much better. Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden and Josh Outman pitch similarly to Moyer in some ways.

Jamie Moyer the pitcher in 2011 is the pitcher that Curt Young wish he could have been many many years before. Both are not hard throwers and try to be crafty in order to get hitters out.   

Actually, the A's should take Zito back. I have not been wrong much this year in my sports analysis. Barry Zito needs to play on a better fielding team. The Giants are all pitch, no hit and no field while the A's are all pitch, no hit but alot of field. Which team would YOU rather have playing defense when you take the mound?

I still say Zito goes to the Phillies, Yankees or Red Sox and that team will win the WS. Like they say...if a guy gives up 5-7 runs a game ...who cares so long as his team scores 8-10 runs each time he pitches.

Zito has never been the same when the brilliant Giants pitching coaches "tinkered" with Zito's delivery....which is why Lincecum's father was so adamant about the Gaints not doing anything to mess his son up. The Giants eventually got Lincecum to change his windup (albeit slightly) and he has been giving up home runs like Joe Blanton. I watched Blanton pitch against the Tigers and he got lit up like a Christmas tree.

Hire Lincecum's father to replace Dave Righetti and I guarantee that Matt Cain will finally be the awesome Roger Clemens-type pitcher sports experts have said that he would be. Tim Hudson could benefit from the Lincecum's father's instructions. Same build....I already have Hudson pitching like Lincecum in my Madden baseball game. Imagine how much cooler that would be if that happened in real life. 


Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:21 pm

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

Spot on!  The class act of MLB.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:16 pm

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

As a Giant fan I'd take Moyer over Zito all day everyday. At the age of 39 Moyer pitched better than zito at 29. Perhaps another stint back with the M's to join Fexix and Pineda. 

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:15 pm

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

I was in my car driving home from Atlantic City on that night in 2006 when the Phillies traded for Jamie Moyer.  When I heard the news, I was very happy knowing what a great guy and competitor he is.  He made major contributions to the Phillies that went beyond his time on the mound.  If you need to know what I'm talking about, ask Cole Hamels what kind of affect Jamie had on his career.  My guess is that Jamie will get a minor league contract, grab a job in a major league rotation and pitch successfully all year.  Hopefully, when he's done pitching, he comes back to Philly as pitching coach. 

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:09 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

As a Ranger fan, I am willing to kick the tires. CJ Wilson will probably end up in LA and we'll need an end of the rotation guy. Can't be any worse than Harrison..

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:56 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

Interesting that he has earned more than twice as much as Dwight Gooden earned over his entire career.  I remember watching both of them pitch back in the 1980s when Gooden was earning ten times as much per year

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:52 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

All the best, Jamie.  I hope he can find a spot on a rotation somewhere.  Realistically it won't be back with the Phils, but if he can still throw, there is probably a team that will want him, and maybe even be surprised by him.  I know he has some career records to shoot for, but I'm amazed that he wants to keep pitching.  Good for him, and for whomever he plays for.  I'll be rooting for him (except against the Phils, of course.)

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:17 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

One of my favorite players of all time, what a great human bieng as well!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:05 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

JM is a class act.  I've seen him live several times making my Marlins miss 78mph curve balls.  I hope he's not punch-drunk thinking he has one last fight in him.  He doesn't need to prove anything or to walk away on his terms.  He's already earned respect from east and west franchises.  Whatever his decision, I wish him fair winds and following seas.

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:14 am

Jamie Moyer, 49, hopes to pitch in 2012

In my opinion Moyer is a many people have been able to pitch and do it well for so many years?

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