(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Age is just a number, and Jamie Moyer is proving just that. At 49-years old, and coming off Tommy John Surgery, Moyer has made the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.
Not only will Moyer be expected to contribute to the team’s rotation, he’ll be the team’s number two starter and will start the Rockies’ second game of the season. If and when he gets his first win of the season, he’ll be the oldest player in Major League history to earn a win.
Moyer made his Major League debut all the back in 1986 when he was with the Chicago Cubs. When Moyer was with the Cubs before the start of the 1992 season, he was released by the club, telling him maybe it was time to find another line of work. Now 20 years later, Moyer is still a professional baseball player. He is the Majors’ active leader in wins (267), innings (4,020), and starts (628).
It’s an opportunity, and I think it’s a great opportunity to try to take it and run with it,” Moyer said. “I’ve looked at my whole career as an opportunity, especially as I’ve gotten older.”
Moyer last pitched in 2010 while a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 9-9 that season with a 4.84 ERA, but missed the entire 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
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