Jamie Moyer began his major league career in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs. In his first pitching appearance Moyer went 6 1/3 innings and picked up the victory against Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. Since then Moyer has pitched for the Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and now the Colorado Rockies.
Moyer made the All-Star team in 2003, finished 4th in the AL Cy Young Award voting in 2001, and won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He’s won 20+ games twice (20 in ’01 and 21 in ’03), has a career record of 267-204, and 2,405 strikeouts.
Moyer did not play last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery but signed a minor league deal with the Rockies early this year. He put together a solid spring, leading manager Jim Tracy to not only give him a spot in the rotation but slot him in #2 behind Jeremy Guthrie.
“I’ve learned to appreciate things a little bit more and understand things a little bit more without trying to get too sentimental or too deep into it,” Moyer said. “I’m just really appreciating the opportunity that I’ve been given.”
“I want to contribute here,” Moyer said. “To me that’s what it’s about — contributing on the field and contributing in the clubhouse.”
“I have been completely intrigued by what I’ve seen unfold,” Tracy said of Moyer’s spring. “He is still Jamie Moyer. He’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitching prior to the arm injury.”
The Rockies open the season April 6th against the Houston Astros. Moyer will take the mound the following day and could become the oldest pitcher to record a Major League victory.
To put Jamie Moyer’s career in perspective, the Colorado Rockies’ first season of play was 1993. The three pitchers behind Moyer in the rotation (Juan Nicasio, Jhoulys Chacin, and Drew Pomeranz) weren’t yet born when he made his major league debut. Moyer’s career innings pitched (4,020.1) are almost as much as Rockies pitchers have thrown the last three seasons combined (4,327.3). His son Dillon was drafted in 2010 by the Minnesota Twins. Moyer has pitched in 49 ballparks and thrown a shutout in four different decades. You get the idea. This is pretty impressive.
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