As if daring fans to doubt him, Jamie Moyer chose the number 50 for the Colorado Rockies. It was a number just one above his age and a mark he would have liked to reach as a struggling rotation required his services one last time. The Rockies announced earlier this week that Josh Outman would replace Jamie Moyer in today’s start and Moyer would not get another.
It was a nice story to distract Rockies fans from a team that has been as bad as 12 games below .500 to start the season – Jamie Moyer trying to become the oldest pitcher to record a win. He managed two wins, breaking the record April 17th and recording his final win May 16. In ten starts he lost five of them with a ERA of 5.7. His last start was his final undoing, surrendering seven runs in five innings.
Moyer was sad, but grateful for the opportunity. He was disappointed that his 79 mile an hour pitches could not get the job done. He will look for a starting job elsewhere as he has before. The story goes that he was offered a coaching over two decades ago by the Cubs, but has fought through to remain a big league pitcher. Moyer did not win 20 games until he had played in the major leagues for 15 years. His effectiveness has resulted in 269 wins.
For those observing Moyer over the past couple of days, it was just apparent he could no longer get out major league hitters. He was by no means the worst pitcher on the Rockies. However, without much hope to salvage their season, the Rockies need to look to their future, not baseball’s miraculous past. On a team known for Mile High Magic, Moyer was a brief bright spot in a cold spring. Will he gets a win at age fifty somewhere else? Don’t count him out.