Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made it back to the big leagues. The former Mariner earned a spot in the Colorado Rockies' rotation and will start the team's second game of the season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made it back to the big leagues. The former Mariner earned a spot in the Colorado Rockies’ rotation and will start the team’s second game of the season, April 7 against Houston.
“It is still Jamie Moyer. It’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitching prior to the arm injury that cost him the entire 2011 season. It’s the same guy,” manager Jim Tracy said Friday. “It’s the same worker. It’s the same professional.”
Moyer posted a 2.77 earned-run average this spring. He has a 267-204 record and a 4.24 ERA in 24 seasons.
“I was excited. I’m happy. I’m honored,” said Moyer, who can become the oldest pitcher in major-league history to post a victory. “But in the end, like Jim said, ‘You earned it.’ “
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