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Wow. At 49 he has made the Rockies rotation and will start the 2nd game of the season for them.

To get an idea of how crazy this is...

Wikipedia lists Satchel Paige (age 59 - 3 IP after age 46), Jack Quinn (50 - 15 2/3 IP in his age 49 season) and Hoyt Wilhelm (49 - 25 1/3 IP) as the only other pitchers aged 49 or greater to play in a ML game. So all Moyer has to do is throw 44 1/3 innings to have thrown more innings at age 49 or greater than all other ML pitchers in history.

For hitters it is Minnie Miņoso (57 - 10 PA post age 38), Jim O'Rourke (54 - 4 PA post age 42), Charley O'Leary (51 - 1 PA post age 37), Julio Franco (49 - 106 PA in his age 48 season, 4 PA post turning 49 in August), Hughie Jennings (49 - only played defense at 1B, didn't hit) and Arlie Latham (49 - 2 PA post age 39). So the total PA for guys 49 or older is 21 - another figure Moyer could easily pass this season (would probably take 7 or 8 starts).

No pitcher has thrown in a post-season game who was 47 or older. No hitter has hit in the post-season at that age.

So, should Moyer last the season and the Rockies make the playoffs and have him throw even one inning there he will have thrown more innings, had more PA, and more playoff appearances than all other 49+ year olds in baseball history combined.

Of note: Moyer was drafted in 1984 - that year...
Ronald Reagan was re-elected, Brian Mulroney was elected Prime Minister, the USSR still was viewed as being as powerful as the USA, no space shuttle had failed yet, our dollar was worth around 77 cents US, the Jays had yet to make the playoffs, the Tigers won the World Series, Cal Ripken was the best player in baseball, and Pete Rose was getting his 4000th hit as an Expo while Roger Clemens was a rookie.

Also born in 1962 (the year Moyer was): Darryl Strawberry, Eric Davis, Devon White, Wally Joyner, Bo Jackson, Kelly Gruber, Tony Fernandez, Roger Clemens, Chuck Finley, Doug Drabek, Randy Myers, Dan Plesac among others.

Only 6 pitchers born in 1962 threw a pitch after 1999. Only Clemens after 2003. Randy Velarde was the last hitter to retire for guys born in '62 - he retired after the 2002 season.

I think the last word is 'wow'.
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Mick Doherty - Friday, March 30 2012 @ 11:46 PM EDT (#253523) #


(That is all.)

Matthew E - Friday, March 30 2012 @ 11:56 PM EDT (#253524) #
The first Bill James book I got was his 1991 Baseball Book. I recall that in the player comment for Jamie Moyer, James basically said that that was it for Moyer; the Rangers let him go and that would probably be the end of that. And I don't think it was a stupid thing to say at the time. In baseball, one word sums it all up.
Mick Doherty - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#253525) #
Mick Doherty - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 12:23 AM EDT (#253526) #

John, thanks SO much for posting this. My brand-new Facebook status just posted:

Mick Doherty
Take small victories where you can. This was to be the first year of my life that every player in Major League Baseball would be younger than me. Today, the Colorado Rockies announced that grizzled veteran lefty Jamie Moyer has made their starting rotation. Moyer is *forty-nine* ... wooo-freaking-hoo!
Thomas - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 12:36 AM EDT (#253527) #
I'm really pleased to hear this. Who wasn't rooting for Moyer?

Moyer debuted on the 1986 Cubs. That team also featured Davey Lopes, who is now 66 years old (along with Greg Maddux and Terry Francona). More interestingly, that team also featured Gary Matthews Sr. Gary Matthews Jr. has since amassed 4,617 MLB plate appearances and retired from professional baseball.
Magpie - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 01:16 AM EDT (#253528) #
This is absolutely great.

And who doesn't get a kick out of looking at the scoreboard and seeing "FASTBALL 78 mph." Makes you want to ask for a tryout....
Mick Doherty - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 01:21 AM EDT (#253529) #
True, Mags, but even when I was 16 and in shape, I couldn't top out past about 68, much less 78. I was working on a knuckleball at 13 ...
Chuck - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#253531) #

Two things:

While I am rooting for Moyer -- who couldn't -- I fear we are going to see a pretty brutal HR/9 rate. Moyer's slop in the thin air? Even turning the humidor up to 11 won't help.

And as for a 78 MPH fastball... I remember sitting in the first row directly behind home plate at a game at Exhibition Stadium. It was Jimmy Key versus Charlie Leibrandt. I was expecting their curvey change of speed stuff to look in person like it did on TV. You know, unimposing trickery. What I was not expecting was the sound of the catchers' gloves popping on their fastballs. Or their fastballs looking entirely unhittable (to the likes of me, not major leaguers). Television does not do justice to the fundamentally difficult act of hitting major league pitching. I don't know that many of us could do much with a Jamie Moyer fastball even if we knew it was coming. Even in our "prime".

92-93 - Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#253552) #
It's remarkable how TV can slow the game down. Go to your nearest batting cage, and it's likely that Moyer is throwing as hard as the fastest machine. You may be able to time it after a few deliveries, but it's still a big blur. Most of the pitchers I faced in college (D-III) threw in Moyer's range, and it's not like you can get plunked by an 80mph pitch and feel very good about it after.
Mick Doherty - Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 09:29 PM EDT (#253597) #

Greatest Jamie Moyer retrospective EVER:

Original Ryan - Sunday, April 01 2012 @ 11:39 PM EDT (#253598) #
Greatest Jamie Moyer retrospective EVER:

Very cool. I liked his card with the Toledo Mud Hens where he posed as a right-hander.

Mick Doherty - Monday, April 02 2012 @ 12:04 AM EDT (#253600) #

Yeah -- that was actually the last year I lived in Toledo. Didn't realize he was with them then -- didn't see him pitch, and I lived a 45-second drive from the stadium. of course, he wasn't Jamie Moyer, Agless Wonder, at that point yet! 

Funny, Moyer looks like he's 40 on his rookie card with the Cubs ...

allcanadian34 - Monday, April 02 2012 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#253606) #
What a man. 

Not ashamed to admit I've been a Moyer fan for some time (Mariners were my #2 team in the Griffey era).  I hope he makes it through the year and comes back for another!  If Bert Blyleven can make the HOF by accumulating stats, I'm pulling for Moyer!!

John Northey - Monday, April 02 2012 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#253659) #
Heh. Moyer is at 267 wins. With his stats (4.24 ERA, 511 HR given up the most ever, 2400 K's, 1 All-Star) it would be hard to get in without 300 wins. His 2 20 win seasons do help though with the average HOF voter.

So 33 wins shy of the magic 300 at age 49. If all goes well he could get 10-15 wins this year (he had 16 in 2008) but would still be 2-3 years away. I think he needs to be the Gordie Howe of baseball - ie: play until he is 51 or more (Howe scored 15 goals and played in 80 games at the age of 51 plus 3 more games in the playoffs with a goal and an assist - then played at the age of 69 for one period in the minors, made the All-Star game in 5 different decades).
Mick Doherty - Monday, April 02 2012 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#253686) #
Hush, John. Moyer thows a perfet game on Sept. 30 to lock down his season record at 33-2, thn immediately retires.
James W - Monday, April 02 2012 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#253692) #
If Jamie Moyer goes 33-2, then Colorado will be in the playoffs. It would be silly of him to retire before the playoffs, especially as such a key cog in the wheel.
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