Denver, Co. – Jamie Moyer, 49, of the Colorado Rockies made his Major League Baseball debit more than a quarter century ago. His first pitching appearance came with the Chicago Cubs on June 16, 1986, beating Steve Carlton and the Phillies 7-5. The Colorado Rockies want to tap into the legacy this season.
Moyer just secured the second starter’s slot in the Rockies opening week rotation and as long as he continues to perform he will have that rotation spot for the rest of the season.
According to the Denver Post, the 49 year old lefty will take the mound in the Rockies second game of the season against the Houston Astros. Moyer was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in three starts this spring, striking out 11 in 13 innings against three walks.
Moyer has a career record of 267-204 with an ERA of 4.24. He made the All-Star game for Seattle in 2003, when he won a career-high 21 games and had a 3.27 ERA. He is also a world champion. Moyer, at the age of 45, was a starter for the Phillies when they beat Tampa Bay to win the 2008 World Series.
Moyer is just coming off reconstructive Tommy John surgery this season. But never mind all that. Moyer will have, one assumes, multiple chances to become the oldest pitcher ever to notch a win. To that end, he’s got a long-standing knack for inducing weak contact, which could serve him well at Coors field, and pre-injury he was flashing the best control of his career.
The Rockies open their season against the Astros on April. 6.