– Scottsdale, AZ – How old is old for a professional athlete these days? 35? 38? 40? Guess it really depends on the sport. Facts are, less than 1% of pro athletes today (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB) are over the age of 40. But 50?? That is exactly how old Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer will be this coming November. Moyer, who didn’t pitch at all in 2011, was invited to spring training by the Colorado Rockies this year. He expressed that he wanted to give it a go, as the itch to pitch hadn’t totally gone away. To say that he has surprised the Rockies coaches and management is an understatement. Moyer has given up just 1 run in 9 innings this spring, and his control has been outstanding. Could this silver-haired southpaw actually make the team? We are very close to finding out.
Jamie Moyer made his MLB debut on June 16, 1986….you read that right…1986! Gas was under a buck a gallon, Michael Jordan was in his 3rd season with the Bulls, and your main source of music was an audio cassette….and yes, I had a bunch of em….Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was just 7 months old when Moyer threw his first pitch for the Chicago Cubs. So how in the world has he lasted this long, and been able to pitch at a major league level since the mid 80′s? First of all, he has never been a power pitcher. Painting the corners, 80 mph fastballs, and a low stress delivery has added countless years to his career. Moyer has now pitched for 8 organizations, amassed 267 career victories, and with his next win will be the oldest starting pitcher ever to win a MLB game. Not bad for a Grandpa.
Will Jamie Moyer be tossing 68 mph heaters next month at Coors Field? Hard to say, but Rockies fan or not, how can ya not root for this guy?