If you haven’t heard, Jamie Moyer has agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, one that will pay him $16 million and take him to age 48.
Considering teams were interested in Moyer – as a pitching coach – 16 years ago, what he continues to do is amazing. He won 16 games last season, pitching 196 innings over 33 starts.
"The thing about Jamie is, if he starts to lose his stuff he’ll figure out another way to get hitters outs," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Since being traded to Philadelphia by Seattle, Moyer has made 74 starts and gone 35-21. Take away one number – his age – and his statistics are remarkable. Moyer hasn’t made fewer than 30 starts in a season since 2000, and he’s averaged 200 innings a year since 1997.
Going back to the year Moyer turned 30, he’s won more than 165 games, all with the changeup as his No. 1 pitch.
Years ago, I asked Moyer if he thought he could pitch until age 50. He thought for a moment before answering.
"Why not?" he asked.
Why not, indeed.