When last we saw Jamie Moyer, he was a 47-year-old hurler going 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010. Then his elbow gave out and instead of hanging them up, he underwent Tommy John surgery. Now, he’s gotten a Minor League deal and an invite to Spring Training from the Colorado Rockies.
How old is Jamie Moyer? Well when he made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986:
- It was versus a then-41-year-old Steve Carlton.
- Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar was 18.
- Besides Alomar, 2012 Hall of Fame candidates Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Bernie Williams and Larry Walker had all yet to make their debuts.
- New Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was just about two months away from his debut.
- Reggie Jackson was the active homerun leader, at 530.
- Current career homerun leader Barry Bonds had played 19 games in his first season in the Majors.
- All-Star game pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Cahill, Michael Pineda, Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden and Neftali Feliz hadn’t been born yet.
- At least 179 players in all had not been born yet.
- There were 18 members of the 300-win club. (There are now 6 more).
- The Rockies franchise was more than six years away from playing their first game.
- Camden Yards was five years from opening.
- The Metrodome was four years old.
- The average player salary was $412,520. (The minimum salary in 2012 is $480,000.)
(Addendum: Reader Josh Nelson points out that it was two years prior to the first night game at Wrigley Field.)
Other fun Moyer facts:
- He’s faced 1,412 different batters in his career.
- Those 1,412 batters have had 17,270 plate appearances. (1,409 more than career leader Pete Rose amassed.)
- He’s yielded homers to 326 different players.
I for one hope he makes the Rockies squad coming out of Spring Training . . . and I also hope he gets to face Bryce Harper, who is just about 30 years younger than Moyer, in September 2012.