No signs of quitting in the ageless Jamie Moyer
The date was June 16, 1986. On this day, pitcher Jamie Moyer made his Major League debut. Most players fortunate enough to enjoy 24 seasons in the big leagues would be ready to hang up the cleats and call it a successful career. This is not the case for the 49 year old Moyer.
The Colorado Rockies were willing to offer Moyer a chance to continue playing the game he loves. This spring, he is fighting for a spot in the Rockies’ rotation. Several of these pitchers he’s competing with were not even born when he pitched his first game! He is older than 8 managers and 16 general managers and has pitched in 49 major league ballparks!
Through 3/11/2012, Jamie posted a record of 1-0, with a 1.80 ERA in 5 innings with his new club. He did experience a recent setback. After his second outing, Moyer suffered a groin injury. On the 19th, the Rockies’ had him play a game with the minor league players on a back field at their spring training complex. Minor leaguers for the Arizona Diamondbacks roughed up Moyer for six hits and four runs in less than two innings, including a pair of back-to-back home runs.
Just 3 days later, the relentless Moyer shook off the rough outing, throwing 4 scoreless innings against the Giants.
If the Rockies decide to cut Moyer, he would be faced with a decision to retire or try and catch on with another team. If this is the case, it is unlikely he will be discouraged.
“I could use this year as a stepping stone,” Moyer said. “Either I’m going to take a step forward, or take a step out.”
This optimistic thinking is what has helped lead him to a lengthy career as a solid player.
This would not be the first setback in his career. He led the National League in earned runs in his first full season. He was even offered a coaching job by the Chicago Cubs when they released him at age 29. Twenty years later, Moyer has compiled 267 victories, more than Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Bob Gibson.
While practicing for the 2000 ALCS, Moyer was hit by a ground ball and broke his kneecap. He went on to miss the series and watch as his Mariners lost to the Yankees. He was forced to find a new routine to strengthen his legs. The following season, Moyer began arriving six hours early on game days to exercise on an underwater treadmill. This played a crucial part in his recovery which has allowed him to continue his successful career.
Moyer feels that he owes it to himself to continue playing the game he loves as long as he feels that he can compete. He says, “…if I didn’t try it, I think I’d always be wondering. And I don’t like living my life that way.”
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