As the oldest player in Major League Baseball, Jamie Moyer has shown that it’s still possible to perform at a high level at an advanced age. With his contract expiring at the end of the 2010 season, this could be Moyer’s last season.
With the disappointing end to his 2009 campaign, you can bet that Jamie will be pushing himself hard to make up for how last season ended.
Even though he performed very well after being put in the bullpen to make room for Pedro Martinez, Moyer conceded that the role change could have played a part in his injury.
Moyer: “I wish I could pinpoint something, but I really can’t. It potentially could have.”
Moyer enters Spring Training as the leader for the 5th spot in the rotation. It’s his job to lose, as Ruben Amaro, Jr. has made it a point to mention multiple times. With spots 1-4 filled by Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ, there is going to be an intense competition for that last turn in the rotation. With Kyle Kendrick looking to rejoin the major league rotation, he will compete with Moyer for the last spot, along with several minor league candidates. Unless Moyer falters big time in Spring Training, he will be the 5th starter.
With the way that the schedule lines up for the Phillies, a 5th starter isn’t even needed until the 3rd week of the season. That will give Moyer plenty of time to recover from his offseason surgeries.
With a record of 47-31 over 3 1/2 seasons in Phillies’ pinstripes, Moyer has been a valuable contributor to the success in Philadelphia the past few seasons, both on and off the field. Jamie is constantly in the ear of the younger pitchers on staff, teaching them the little parts of the game that he’s picked up over his career. He will definitely have a future in coaching, and hopefully it’s right here in Philly.
With the rest of the rotation being stocked with power arms, Moyer will look to keep hitters on their toes and lead the Phillies in wins for the 3rd straight season. Even if he doesn’t, we’ll have at least have one more season of those glorious Liberty Bell stirrups.