Is it time to say goodbye to Jamie Moyer?
The 49-year old pitcher was optioned to the minors by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday after his roughest outing of the year. The Rockies took a chance on bringing Moyer into the fold during training camp and stuck with him due to their lack of depth in their rotation but this might spell the end of Moyer’s career.
He was heading into this season coming off of Tommy John surgery and many believed that he wouldn’t be able to recover effectively due to his age. Moyer was able to pitch well enough to be asked to Rockies training camp where he eventually earned a spot in the rotation. Through his first few outings he pitched well but didn’t receive the best run support and the defense behind him was uncharacteristically bad committing too many errors. During his first five starts he went 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA and two no-decisions. But in his next five starts he went 1-3 with a 8.64 ERA and was unable to pitch late into games. That’s been an issue for Rockies starting pitching and Moyer added to their woes.
If this is the end of the road for Moyer, it’s been a brilliant career and a testament that he’s been able to pitch for this long.
Moyer’s tenure is the MLB started in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs and spanned 24 seasons as he bounced around to eight different clubs. His longest stay with a team was with the Seattle Mariners from 1996-2006. Over his career Moyer has gone 269-209 with a 4.25 ERA and became the oldest pitcher to win an MLB game when he defeated the San Diego Padres on April 17 of this season.
He won one World Series while with the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2008 season. He was a on-time All-Star in 2003 and has won multiple other awards for his philanthropy and community service.
It’s too bad that this might be the end of the line for Moyer but he has nothing to be ashamed of. He’s had a long, storied career and proved a lot of people wrong along the way.
If this is the end then congrats on a great career. If it’s not, then keep it going old timer.