Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer, inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday, credits his teammates for helping him win 145 games in his career.
Jamie Moyer stood on the mound as he did so many times in his career, and delivered a strike to his longtime catcher Dan Wilson. The velocity wasn’t much less than his days on the mound at Safeco Field. It didn’t matter that each of them were wearing slacks and dress shirts; it was just like old times.
On Saturday, Moyer became the ninth person inducted into the Mariners’ Hall of Fame. And a crowd of 39,132 celebrated him with frequent applause and a lengthy standing ovation, bringing tears to his eyes.
“Never, not in my wildest dreams, did I imagine I’d be standing here today being inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame,” he said.
He joins Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella and the late Dave Niehaus in the exclusive club. Johnson, a recent inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, wasn’t in attendance because his jersey was being retired in Arizona.
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Fellow Mariners teammates Raul Ibanez, Bret Boone and Mike Cameron were also on the field.
Moyer’s speech lasted 17 minutes; he apologized to Mariners starting pitcher Mike Montgomery for delaying his outing, something he admitted drove him crazy in his playing days.
Never the hardest thrower and a big strikeout artist, Moyer admitted that his club-record 145 career wins didn’t come without help from teammates. He even listed three of his favorite defensive highlights during his starts with videos through it all.
“The stats say I won 145 games for the Mariners; the truth is that almost every night someone else stepped up and won the game,” he said. “As a pitcher, you remember those plays. Believe me, you remember those plays, And when you pitch as long as I have, you have an entire highlight reel in your head of all the times your teammates did something behind you.”
He tried to sum up his 31 years in professional baseball, including 696 big-league games and a career 269-209 record.
“My career is about three things,” Moyer said. “Making the most of whatever talents you have, ignoring skeptics and finding the right people in your life. I’ve never had Randy’s 100 mph fastball. Heck, I barely had an 80 mph fastball. I had to learn other ways to compete. I had to find other ways to win. It made me a better pitcher and in the end, it made me the person that I am.”
That person is also focused on giving back through his foundation and multiple charities. The ceremony featured testimonials to Moyer’s foundation and his charity work.
“Seattle is a huge part of who I am,” he said. “It’s a big part of my baseball journey that has brought me to this moment. And it’s at the heart of the Moyer Foundation’s work. That’s why today means so much to me. Today means that forever I am a Seattle Mariner.”
•Charlie Furbush (biceps tendinitis) threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon. He is scheduled to throw either another bullpen or a simulated inning on Monday at Safeco Field. If all goes well, Furbush would then join Class AAA Tacoma on a rehab assignment. The Mariners are still being careful with the lanky lefty.
“He’s almost there, but he’s not quite there,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I don’t think you can send him out saying, ‘Oh, well he’s almost there. Go pitch.’ That makes no sense. In my mind he needs to be 100 percent ready to go. We’ll re-evaluate on Monday and see where we’re at.”
•Nelson Cruz continued his hot hitting of late, extending a pair of streaks with his 2-for-4 showing. With a first-inning single to right field, Cruz extended his hitting streak to 18 games. It’s the second-longest streak of his career and the longest active streak in baseball. His double in the fourth inning gave him eight consecutive games with an extra-base hit — two shy of the club record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.
•Saturday was the Mariners’ 17th extra-inning game of the season — the most in all of baseball. Seattle is 8-9 in those games. The Mariners have also lost 20 games in an opponent’s final at-bat of the game — the most in the American League.