Rockies’ Jamie Moyer, At 49: ‘I Have A Long Way To Go Yet’
Jamie Moyer is closer to Social Security than to the prime of his career — but Moyer, who turns 50 later this year, is still looking to make it in the major leagues. Moyer pitched well for the Colorado Rockies in spring training yesterday, outdueling Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, and he sees it as a promising sign of things to come.
“I was happy with how things went,” Moyer told the Denver Post. “I threw for strikes and got some ground balls. I believe I have a long way to go yet. I want to prove something to this team, to make this team.”
Moyer has been active in the major leagues for 24 seasons. He pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2006 to ’10, going 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in his final season to date. He missed all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Moyer signed in mid-January with the Rockies, his eighth big-league team. The veteran lefty is 267-204 for his career with a 4.24 ERA.
If he pitches into 2012 and ’13, Moyer could join the historical ranks of baseball’s over-50 All-Stars, a handful of legends most notably including Satchel Paige and Minnie Minoso.