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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

At 49, I Barely Have Enough Stamina to Pitch a Story

Posted by on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Former Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer, 49, became the oldest pitcher ever to win a Major League Baseball game, after pitching seven innings last night in the Colorado Rockies 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

My favorite tidbit from the AP write-up:

Relying on a consistent cutter and mixing in a 78 mph fastball, the crafty pitcher gave up just six hits and two runs — both unearned — as he kept the Padres' hitters at bay and off balance.

(For those who don't know, 78 mph isn't particularly fast.)

Yeah, I know, most of you couldn't give a shit about sports. But a 49-year-old competing at a professional level is just plain freakish.


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blackhook 28
i love that Jamie describes his baffling pitches as "slow, slower, slowest and reverse".
Posted by blackhook on April 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM · Report this
Jamie Moyer is the unassuming Dorian Gray of MLB.

He'll be pitching until he collects Social Security, a gag set-up man baiting opposing managers into sending their All-Star pinch hitters to the plate in the 6th inning.

Moyer will be the oldest player inducted into the Hall of Fame, showing up with a pair of twentysomething supermodels and a hearing horn, claiming "I owe it all to my witch doctor, whose potions overmatched PED tests with ease."
Posted by Che Guava on April 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
gttim 25
I believe it was one of the Perry (on the Lettermen show?) who said, "Without vaseline, I am just another old guy with a 80mph fastball." I wish I had a clip of that interview.
Posted by gttim on April 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Why make the assumption we don't care about sports.not all of fit the liberal stereotype.
Posted by Seattle14 on April 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 23
Anyone who thinks an MLB starter is "just tossing a ball over a plate" is pretty seriously deluded.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
seatackled 22
I suppose having slow pitches preserves your arm, but I'm most impressed by him going seven. During Randy Johnson's final season in San Francisco, it seemed like he typically went five innings.
Posted by seatackled on April 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
A. Conan Doyle tried to kill off his star character, and it didn't work then, either.
Posted by LMcGuff on April 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this

Some perspective, please. The guy's just tossing a ball over a plate.…
Posted by ibcster on April 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
long-time reader 19
@13, cool story bro, but do you really think curling is as physically demanding as pitching?
Posted by long-time reader on April 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 18
He also founded the Moyer Foundation, which runs camps across the country for kids dealing with the loss of a family member. And his wife is raising seven kids and is still smokin' hot!
Posted by Gern Blanston on April 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
lark 17
Good on Moyer. He's my peer. That's awesome.
Posted by lark on April 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
For men, you become old when there's nobody left in the majors older than you. Thanks, Mr. Moyer, for another summer of youth.
Posted by pox on April 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 15
He needs to play and go to 50 for at least one win at that age, because that will be height of extreme bad assery.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on April 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Isn't it marvelous!
Posted by gloomy gus on April 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 13
The skipper of the WORLD CHAMPION Canadian curling team is in his late 40's.
Posted by Asparagus! on April 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Vince 12
He's a good person, too, which makes this all the sweeter.
Posted by Vince on April 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
If anyone can hang around and break Paige's mark, it's Jamie. Glad to have another opportunity to root for him as my team's starter (the first being my time in Seattle as an M's fan).
Posted by Matt from Denver on April 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
DOUG. 10
32 more to 300.
Posted by DOUG. on April 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
@5: Satchel pitched three innings at age 58, mainly as part of a baseball insiders' plot to qualify him for a Major League pension. Still he gave up just one hit and no runs in those three innings!
Posted by J.R. on April 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 8
It's also freakish having seen those Brown Bear commercials he used to be in after he left the Mariners. That was freakish.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on April 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Couldn't have been done by a better guy.
Posted by Genghis John on April 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
I hurt my rotator cuff doing cartwheels.

As a woman of a certain age, my mantra is "I'm old, not dead." C'mon Goldy, you can do it.
Posted by westello on April 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
rob! 5
Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan pop to the top of my non-sports brain as "old" pitchers, but they're not even close to the top of the list.

And Moyers needs another decade to match the oldest pitcher who played in a regular-season game, Satchel Paige (in 1965).
Posted by rob! on April 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this


Thanks for the tip...I won't be visiting there any time soon...gotta stick around to pay for the kid's education.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
bedipped 3
49 was the average life expectancy of Americans in 1900 and the average life expectancy of Rwandans today. Location, location, location.
Posted by bedipped on April 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this

Why did we trade him?

He probably would have done better than all the overpaid young gun pitchers in the last few years...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 1
This is big news here, of course. And the best part of it is, every game he wins from here on out will set a new record.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on April 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM · Report this

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