Jamie Moyer won’t rule out an MLB comeback at age 50…or 51?

Jamie-Moyer-RockiesBy the time former Major League Baseball players hit age 50, most of them have not played ball professionally for at least 15 years. Jamie Moyer is a rare exception.

Moyer turned 50 in November, but he still started 10 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2012. He pitched 25 seasons in the majors, which is unheard of to say the least. And there’s still an outside possibility that he may not be finished.

“I haven’t closed that door yet,” Moyer said Monday according to The Seattle Times. “I really haven’t put a lot of thought into it. I’m enjoying my time at home at this point. I’ve got a college senior playing baseball. A college freshman starting at Pepperdine, playing baseball. … I’m a proud dad.

“I’ve got a daughter graduating from high school, going to college. Another daughter that’s going to be a junior next year. And then I have two fourth graders and two first graders. So, I’m enjoying my time. And I’ve got a garden growing. I’ve got lettuce I’m eating now and micro-gardens. I’m excited about that. I’ve got some fruit trees going in. I’ve got a puppy. So, I’m doing some things I haven’t done in a long time. … But I haven’t discounted potentially maybe trying to come back but I don’t foresee it happening this year.”

Wait, so he doesn’t seem himself coming back this year but won’t rule out a comeback after that? If Moyer came back this season, he would be the first pitcher to pitch in the big leagues at age 50. Obviously doing so at age 51 would be even more incredible.

“If I did it, it would be in a respectful way,” he explained. “It’s not a dog and pony show and I said the same thing last year when I was with Colorado. I’m not doing it for publicity. It’s because I wanted to try to play and because I think I can play. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out right now. If that’s the appropriate way to go or not.”

Moyer went 2-5 for the Rockies with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts last season, so he was not all that effective. Colorado released him in June and he spent some time in AAA before the year ended. He also allowed opponents to jack some pretty impressive home runs (see: Stanton breaking scoreboard). Envisioning a team bringing him back as anything more than a publicity stunt seems like a long shot.

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Jamie Moyer designated for assignment by Rockies

Jamie Moyer’s days as a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball appear to be over. The Colorado Rockies designated the 49-year-old for assignment on Wednesday after he was rocked in his last two starts.

Moyer went 0-2 and gave up 13 earned runs over 8.2 innings in his last two starts. He surrendered at least five runs in four of his last five starts, and the Rockies had only won games in 2 of his 10 starts on the season. He is 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA and hideous 1.73 WHIP.

It’s unlikely that another team picks Moyer up unless they’re extremely desperate, so the pitcher’s hopes of shattering every old-man record in MLB history might be over. At least he became the oldest pitcher to win a game. It’s still impressive that he was able to hold down three major league lineups at age 49, but dingers like this were becoming more of the norm during his starts, and the Rockies couldn’t let that continue.

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Jamie Moyer defies age, incredibly keeps pitching at 49

Just in case you have just arisen from a quarter-century nap, don’t be so alarmed by all the changes: Jamie Moyer is still pitching. If you have to re-read that sentence, don’t worry because, at 49, Moyer probably would have to, a result of age-induced nearsightedness. When I took the sportwriter’s oath — a pledge to the gods to do my utmost to avoid breaking a sweat while criticizing those that do — I never thought I would be writing about a guy who is still competing at the highest level of his sport while throwing a fastball that takes longer to go from 0-60 than my clunker of a Civic.

Jamie Moyer made his Major League debut on June 19, 1986, when the only way one could tweet about Mikhail Baryshnikov was by picking up the phone and the main thing trending was Jordache. Back then, Wrigley Field had no lights installed and the closest thing to the internet that people knew about was the one in which dolphins kept getting tangled. A fresh-faced Moyer beat Steve Carlton in his debut. He also struck out Methuselah and gave up the 3000th hit to Rip Van Winkle.

Moyer has pitched in four different decades. He pitched during America’s war on drugs during the 1980s and also bore witness to baseball’s second Dead Ball era: you know, the one created as a side effect of steroid usage. His career is older than four teams and has aged about as well as some ports. He has faced fathers and their sons; uncles and their nephews, perhaps some grandfathers. Heck, he’s been hit on more than a housewife from Orange County.

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Chipper Jones goes off on Jamie Moyer after accusation of stealing signs

The Braves overcame a six-run deficit on Saturday to beat the Rockies, 13-9, thanks largely to a five-RBI game by Chipper Jones. But Jamie Moyer provided some added drama to the contest when he accused Jones of relaying signs to batters at home plate. Jones took exception to Moyer’s allegations, as both players were seen exchanging choice words during the fifth inning.

“That was all on Jamie Moyer,” Jones said, per MLB.com. “He woke a sleeping giant tonight. He started chirping and it went all downhill from there. He accused me of relaying a sign down 6-2 with a 3-0 count to Brian McCann. I have never relayed a sign to anyone while I’m on second base.

“You question our integrity, that’s wrong. I’ve never accused him of doctoring a baseball. I’ve never accused him of over-milligraming, nothing. That’s [garbage] and he woke us up. I didn’t see any signs on the 900-foot homers that were hit.”

(Ed. note: We have no clue what the hell “over-milligraming” is. We suspected Chipper created the word out of thin air, but a commenter says it has to do with PED use.)

“I don’t know what the problem was,” Jones added. “I was literally having a conversation with the shortstop when he stepped off and said that. I don’t know why he’s so paranoid. But to be honest with you, every pitch he throws is 78 [mph]. So it’s not like we really have to relay signs.”

Shots fired! But wait: Much like in the Saturday’s game, when Chipper got going, he got going. Here’s more from his postgame Moyer harangue, via Big League Stew:

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Minor league team offers free tickets to fans who throw harder than Jamie Moyer

As if Jamie Moyer becoming the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game wasn’t impressive enough, the 49-year-old lefty did so without throwing harder than 80 mph. Think about that for a second. Most above-average high school pitchers throw around that speed, if not harder. And here’s Jamie Moyer, at 49, retiring major league hitters regularly.

Well the Fort Myers Miracle, a single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, decided to have some fun with Moyer’s lack of velocity.

Poking fun at an easy target is nothing new for the Miracle. In the past, they’ve mocked the SEC, and Jim Tressel’s scandal at Ohio State. Oh yeah, they’ve also gotten in on some Justin Bieber hazing. We definitely have to commend them for their creativity, but we must remind everyone, just because you can throw harder than Moyer doesn’t mean you can pitch in the big leagues.

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Old Man Jamie Moyer makes the Rockies rotation

The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday that Jamie Moyer at the ripe age of 49 years young will make the club’s starting rotation to begin the season. Moyer will reportedly pitch second in the rotation, behind opening-day starter Jeremy Guthrie. Moyer is coming off Tommy John surgery that kept out for the 2011 season.

“I didn’t feel like anything was owed to me, I feel like I’ve had to earn everything I’ve attained in my career, but again that’s with the help of my teammates,” Moyer told the Denver Post. “So coming here and trying to stay in character was very important, and trying to prove to myself what I could do and get over some of the little hurdles I’ve gotten over in the last year was a key part.”

The lefty with his 80 mph fastball has a chance to become the oldest pitcher to ever win a game, a record in which he surprisingly doesn’t already have (Jack Quinn was 49 when he won for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932). He hopes his achievement can inspire other old people to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.

“If I can inspire people to work out, to have a better attitude and not give up, that’s great,” Moyer said. “It’s all about taking advantage of opportunities. And this is a great opportunity.”

Moyer turns 50 in November. Feel free to make your own bad, grandpa jokes.

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Jamie Moyer, Nearing 49, Recovering from Tommy John, Attempting Comeback

This dude will not go away. I don’t have anything against Jamie Moyer, but if he keeps going, they may have to replace the “Rasputin” saying with “Moyer.”

Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that Moyer threw for scouts in the San Diego-area last week and that the reports from the scouts were “excellent.”

Moyer is turning 49 in a few weeks and returning from Tommy John surgery. He last pitched for the Phillies in ’10 and went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts. I suppose he can be serviceable as a fifth starter for some teams, but he has an extremely low upside for effectiveness.

Just to give you some perspective, the 267 game winner made his Major League debut two years before Steve DelVecchio was born. That is all.