LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, agreed to a minor-league deal with the Colorado Rockies today and will compete for a rotation spot come spring training.
Moyer never pitched in the Midwest League, but I still felt the urge to write something about him tonight because he has been pitching in the major leagues almost literally as long as I’ve been going to professional baseball games.
My dad took me to my first game on Tuesday, May 27, 1986. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 at Wrigley Field in a game that featured four hits by Dave Parker, a home run by Davey Lopes, and an outfield assist by Keith Moreland to throw Dave Concepcion out at the plate.
Twenty days later, Moyer made his major-league debut for the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He beat Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee Smith, whom I believe should be in the Hall of Fame, earned a five-out save in that game. Hall-of-Famers Mike Schmidt (1-for-5, RBI) and Ryne Sandberg (2-for-4, RBI, SB) also played in that game.
Now, 26 years later, Moyer hopes to add to his 267-win total by pitching for the Rockies, who play their home games in the thin air of Denver. I don’t imagine that going well for Moyer, who gives up a lot of homers and doesn’t throw hard in the first place. Nonetheless, I wish him well because he refuses to give up his dream of playing until his left arm falls off, and who can begrudge him that?
* Special thanks to baseball-reference.com for existing. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to easily find the specifics of the games mentioned in this post.