The Colorado Rockies’ Jamie Moyer is now the oldest Major League Baseball pitcher ever to win a game after beating the San Diego Padres on April 17. The 49-year-old pitched seven innings in his team’s 5-3 win and the Hall of Fame has asked the left hander for some sort of memorabilia from the game which they can proudly display. Moyer said it’s pretty special to have his name mentioned with some of the sport’s greatest players and will be more than happy to donate something to Cooperstown.
It was Moyer’s first win of the season, to go with two losses, and the 268th victory of his career. He’s now tied for 34th place on the all-time MLB wins with Jim Palmer. Moyer was effective with his 78-mph fastball and a cutter which frustrated the Padre batters all night long. He gave up just two unearned runs and six hits in the game.
Moyer said he didn’t try anything special and pitched the way he always does, which is by going out and giving his best. He’s been doing that for close to 25 years now and has pitched in a total of 689 major league games. Moyer was 49 years and 150 days old when he set the new record. Six of the Padres players weren’t even born when Moyer began his MLB career back in 1986.
The old record belonged to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quinn who was 49 years and 70 days old when he won a game back on September of 1932. Moyer said he doesn’t really know too much about Quinn, but wished he did. He said it would be nice if modern-day ball players knew a bit more about the history of baseball and could respect what they accomplished in the past.
The Rockies had some anxious moments after Moyer left the game as San Diego narrowed the score to 5-3 in the ninth inning and had two men on before Yonder Alonso struck out to end the game. Moyer also faced a tough situation in the seventh inning when he had a 3-2 lead with two men on, but threw a 76 mph pitch to Jeremy Hermida who grounded out to second base.
Jim Tracy, the Rockies’ general manager said it was a fantastic night for the team since they won the game, but it was a historic occasion for a fabulous human being. He said Moyer is the mist professional person he’s ever known and the record couldn’t belong to a more-deserving guy.
Thirty-six-year-old Mark Kotsay of the Padres said he has a lot of respect for the pitcher and the record shows just how much Moyer is willing to work and loves to compete. Padres’ manager Bud Black also chimed in and said it’s amazing that Moyer won a spot on the Rockies’ roster after missing last season due to arm surgery. Black added that Moyer’s is a marvelous baseball story and it’s great that he’s still able to pitch in the majors and get results.
For Moyer age is truly just a number as his will soon match that of his jersey. Moyer who wears the No. 50 will turn 50 on Nov 17th 2012.