Is It Over For The Hero Of Middle-Aged Company Softball Team Players Everywhere?
This past April 18th, longtime Seattle Mariner (late of the Colorado Rockies) Jamie Moyer set a Major League Baseball record, getting the start and required 7 innings in a 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres to become the Oldest Pitcher in History to Win a Major League Game…at 49. This feat naturally made him the idol of middle aged company softball team players all over Pugetropolis. But Wednesday The Rockies stuck him with the dreaded “Designated for Assignment” tag, usually a visit from the Grim Reaper for baseball careers. Jamie had “Tommy John” surgery and missed last season, and this season was 2-5 with a 5.7 in his 10 starts (one was a no decision 7-2 loss to the M’s in April) with the Rockies, but doesn’t want to retire.
Jamie did great things in Seattle, on and off the field. He came to the Mariners in the middle of the ’96 season in a trade for outfielder Darren Bragg. A finesse left hander rather than a 90+mph barn burner, he was an unlikely ace who stayed for 11 years. He started the first game at Safeco Field, won 20 games in 116-win 2001, and he’s probably #2 in Mariner Fans hearts behind The Big Unit (who he won more games than). JACK wishes him well.
Useless Jamie Moyer JACKtoid: Jamie was introduced to his wife and Moyer Foundation partner Karen when he was with the Cubs, by legendary broadcaster Harry Caray while she was an intern at Cubs flagship station WGN-Chicago. No, she was not wearing a blue dress. They now live in Florida.