Fantasy Baseball: Week 20 waiver wire pickups

Colorado Rockies’ Eric Young Jr. slides across home plate on a two-run double by Tyler Colvin on Wednesday. (Barry Gutierrez, The Associated Press)   

There are just three weeks to go (two starting on Monday) in fantasy baseball’s regular season. Like in any fantasy sports league, the key is to make it to the playoffs for the chance to win your league. Teams that are out of contention are holding auditions for new talent  or giving part time bench players more playing time  just to see what they have if allowed to become an everyday player. Some of this talent is worthy of pickups off  of waivers as they might afford you some nice extra points going into your league’s post-season. Take a look at these:

Eric Young-2B,OF-Rockies– Perfect example about a role player finally getting an opportunity to play every day. Young was given that chance on August 6th and has taken advantage of his promotion. His manager and teammates have been impressed by his outstanding numbers over these past ten games. For starters he’s bating a whopping .477 (21-44) over that stretch with 11 runs scored, 3 home runs and 7 RBIs-8 of those 10 games were of the multi-hit variety- with all that production coming out of the 1 hole. He’s now batting .323 for the season and in a limited role has 13 stolen bases. Young is a ‘Must Add’ in all formats as long as he continues to receive the starting nod. He’s owned in just over 20% of leagues.


For Rockies’ pitcher Jamie Moyer age is nothing but a number


Jamie-MoyerThe 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.

Video: Did Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer discover a fountain of youth?


Jamie-MoyerOn April 7th, at 49 years old,  Jamie Moyer will make his return to the big leagues as he will be the starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies as they take on the Houston Astros.  Moyer missed the entire 2011 season after having Tommy John surgery.  Many youthful pitchers that have undergone the same procedure have not been able to return to the majors.  How did Moyer do it?  Has he discovered the fountain of youth?

In 25 professional seasons Moyer has a record of 267-204 with a career ERA of 4.24.  His return makes him the active leader in wins.   Call it fate or good fortune, but to be able to start in the big leagues at 49 is amazing and to take the mound and be effective, conceptually impossible. The last player to play in the big leagues at the age of 49 was Julio Franco with the Atlanta Braves in 2007.  Now Moyer, who turns 50 in October, will have the opportunity to become the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball to earn a win.

If 50 is the new 40 then Jamie Moyer has taken matters into his own hands.  Even a steroid enhanced play of Roger Clemens only extended his pitching career  until he was 45.  So what’s secret?  Find out in this ESPN interview as Jim Caple sits down with Jamie Moyer.