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Catching up with Moyer, Wilson and Edgar

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 12, 2010 at 7:48 am with 3 Comments »
November 12, 2010 7:50 am

Talking to former Mariners the past few days produced a snippet of news – Jamie Moyer insists he’s going to pitch again.

Jamie Moyer

Sidelined the second half of last season by an elbow injury, Moyer went to the Dominican Republic last month to pitch winter ball and show prospective teams that he was healthy. And that 47-year-old left elbow shut him down again.

This week, Moyer had an MRI done in Los Angeles, but today flew to New York for a Today Show appearance to discuss The Moyer Foundation, he and wife Karen’s charity for children. As of Thursday evening, he hadn’t heard about the MRI results – and said they didn’t matter.

“My plans are to get healthy and continue pitching,” he said flatly.

What if the injury is worst-case scenario, so much ligament damage he needs Tommy John surgery and a year or rehabilitation?

“That wouldn’t change my plans,” Moyer said.

Moyer’s old catcher, Dan Wilson, said he wouldn’t bet against Moyer pitching again, even at age 50.

“He learned to get outs throwing 70 miles an hour, he could learn to get outs at 60  miles an hour,” Wilson said.

Edgar Martinez was standing beside Wilson. If Moyer pitched at age 50, would Martinez consider coming out of reirement to face  him? Edgar made twin circles with his thumbs and pointer fingers, then held those circles to his eyes.

“They don’t make glasses strong enough for me to see the ball,” he said.

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  1. Pray4Peace says:

    I admire Mr. Moyer’s dogged determination to stay in the game and wish him nothing but the utmost success. With that said though and after last season’s fiasco with another player that waited too long to retire; I would hope he retires with the class and dignity befitting a man of his quality and character. I saw him pitch a good game last year but I also saw him get bitch slapped hard another time and was pulled by the second inning. I wish him well. I really do.

  2. 1995 was a long time ago. Can we please move on?

  3. dawsonct says:

    I’m sure Jamie would agree with you tcronk, as his ’95 season with Baltimore was pretty damned mediocre.
    Fact is, his style of pitching depends exclusively on location and changing speed, and ML hitters aren’t tuned into hitting stuff that comes in at those speeds. He doesn’t have the physical pounding of an every-day position player; if he can take the mound every fifth day, he can probably still get ML hitters out, or at least I will believe that until I see/hear something different.

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