50-year-old Jamie Moyer on pitching again: ‘I haven’t closed that door yet’
Former pitcher Jamie Moyer returned to Safeco Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Seattle Mariners’ game on Monday.
The 50-year-old said before the game that he has not ruled out throwing out more major-league pitches.
Moyer, who has pitched in 25 MLB seasons and won 269 games, last suited up for the Colorado Rockies in 2012, posting a 5.70 ERA over 53.2 innings. With his first win of the season, he became the oldest pitcher ever to record a major-league victory.
He enjoyed his best seasons in Seattle, where he spent 11 years and won 145 games.
“I haven’t closed that door yet,” Moyer said. “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.
Moyer was reminded by a reporter that he has the type of arm that could help him seemingly pitch “forever” if he wanted to. He turned 50 last November and would become the first big leaguer to pitch at that age.
“I don’t know about forever,” Moyer said. “If I did it, it would be in a respectful way. It’s not a dog and pony show and I said the same thing last year when I was with Colorado. I’m not doing it for publicity. It’s because I wanted to try to play and because I think I can play. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out right now. If that’s the appropriate way to go or not.”
I asked Moyer whether he had been working out his arm with any type of throwing regimen.
“No,” he said. “I’ve just kind of let my body kind of amp itself down.
Moyer pitched in Triple-A for the Orioles and Blue Jays organizations after being released by the Rockies on June 1. His season ended when Toronto released him on July 5.