Eleven years ago when I began on this beat, a cynical writer told me that Jamie Moyer surely couldn’t pitch much longer. He was approaching his late 30s and throwing 84 mph oatmeal in a game dominated by pitchers who flung 95 mph hotcakes.
I never quite saw it because Moyer still seemed to get hitters out with his soft stuff, although I certainly didn’t want to doubt a veteran writer who’d been around the block several more times than I had.
The first spring training I covered, I remember walking up to the screen behind the plate during one of Moyer’s bullpen sessions. It was amazing that Moyer never seemed to throw the exact same pitch twice, whether it was the speed, the location or the shape of what he threw. It made me realize why some very good big-league hitters could look so silly against Moyer.
It’s 11 years later and Moyer not only is still cranking it up for the 2010 season, he’s not willing to say it will be his last, even though it’s the final year of his contract with the Phillies.
Here’s a story from Philadelphia Inquirer writer Andy Martino, who says Moyer is hardly ready to have a retirement tour this year.