Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer could climb the mound again in Citizens Bank Park next season. Unfortunately for Phillies fans, that sight might only be seen if he's wearing a different team's uniform.
Moyer has been offered a minor league deal and received a spring training offer from the Colorado Rockies.
How old were you?
Most people respect the determination of Moyer, who turned 49 in November.
How old were you when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 1984 draft? Some may not have even been born at that time.
How old were you when he led the American League in winning percentage (.813) in 1996, when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox and for the Seattle Mariners?
Baseball paths that pass the name Pat Gillick have often led to success. That's why he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
And so it was when Gillick was the general manager of the Seattle Mariners during the 2001 season. Moyer earned 20 of that squad's stunning 116 wins that year and then set a career high when he won 21 games for the Mariners, as a 40-year-old, two seasons later.
Gillick's direct connection to Moyer led to the then-Phillies general manager acquiring him from the Mariners in August 2006. The left-handed starter and semi-coach, who had last pitched in the National League for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1991, went 5-2 down the stretch for his new team.
The best days of his sporting life
Moyer went 14-12 in 2007. He was credited with his fourteenth win on that season's final September Sunday afternoon, as he helped the Phillies earn their first playoff berth in 14 years.
Then, one season later, it happened.
The 45-year-old Sellersville, Pa. native was in the twenty-second season of his career when he led the staff with 16 wins in 2008. Moyer's baseball journey had crossed a few generations of fan's lives. How fitting it was when the one-time Phillies fan celebrated with a wide cross-section of the faithful immediately after his team defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 2008 World Series.
No player on that Philadelphia field had persevered longer. How many players in the history of baseball ever had, or ever will, accomplish something similar?
Still moving forward
Moyer has said in the past that he would like to pitch until he is 50. That specific number has also been the one that he has worn on his uniform for many seasons.
In order to accomplish his goal all he has to do now is keep his 'Tommy John-repaired' left arm healthy and pitch like he always has. Doing so should allow Moyer to be on the Rockies major league roster at some point this season and earn another chance at playing again next year.
By the numbers
Baseball, more than any sport, involves numbers. Here are some of the combined regular season and playoff statistics that this unique man has created:
He has pitched 4,061.67 innings, started 636 games, won 270 games, struck out 2,434 batters and has only made 22 errors.
Moyer's career is generally comparable to that of another former Phillie, Jim Katt. All good baseball fans have their opinions about whether both have actually lived Hall of Fame lives.
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