Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Ageless One
Jamie Moyer, the 47-year old ageless wonder, is up to his old tricks. On Friday night, in Philadelphia, Moyer threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout against the Braves. At one point he retired 17 consecutive batters. I know, the Braves are offensively-challenged, but a two-hitter is a two-hitter. Moyer surpassed Phil Niekro as the oldest pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout. His fastball topped out at a whopping 83 m..p.h. Moyer is the first pitcher in baseball history to throw shutouts in four different decades. The first one he threw was 24 years ago on August 16, 1986. Moyer is the Phillies fifth starter and you have to wonder how much longer can he pitch? Can he pull a Satchel Paige and pitch at the age of 59? Probably not, but just when you think Moyer is running out of steam, he pitches a two-hit, complete-game shutout. According to Baseball Prospectus, "most 47-year old pitchers are pitching coaches or insurance salesmen." Something tells me that Moyer isn't ready to change careers.