Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 3/24/12
Left handed pitcher Jamie Moyer, who by the way pitched four perfect innings Thursday against the Giants at age 49, is competing for a spot in the Rockies starting rotation. After injuring his elbow while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic everybody thought Moyer was going to hang up his cleats. But he decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, lose an entire season and comeback for the 2012 season. As a baseball fan you have to love his story. A 48-year old man deciding to undergo Tommy John surgery just to have one more year in the majors. You don't see that kind of commitment anymore. I'm sure that everybody is rooting for him, we will definitely enjoy watching him pitch this season, and in his honor, I'm going to give you a list of fun facts related to his age. – Moyer was born on November 18, 1962 and is currently 49 years old. He was 24 years old when Jhoulys Chacin was born, 16 years old when Jeremy Guthrie was born, 22 when Esmil Rogers was born, 18 years when Jorge de la Rosa was born and 27 years old when Tyler Chatwood was born. Some of them are competing with Moyer for a spot in the rotation. – Moyer was drafted in the 1984 June Amateur Draft. I was only one at the time. He debuted in the Majors on June 16, 1986. He became a Major Leaguer before teammates Chacin and Chatwood were even born. – Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports, points out that Moyer pitched in 141 Major League games before the Rockies even existed. By the way, their entering their 20th season in 2012. – Calcaterra also adds that he's currently older than the entire regular starting rotation of that 1993 Rockies team and the only guy from the regular lineup older than him is Andres Galarraga. – Tyler Kepner of the New York Times says that Moyer is older than 8 current managers and 16 current General Managers and that he started the last game at Wrigley Field before lights were installed there. – Moyer has pitched 4,020.1 innings, exactly 2,000 more innings than Guthrie (32) and 1,746 more innings than Guthrie, Chatwood, de la Rosa and Chacin combined. – The lefty was six-years old when the Eagle landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969 and was one year and four days old when president John F. Kennedy was shot. – I'm pretty sure Moyer is the only active Major Leaguer to pitch to Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. I believe he was around when baseball was invented, and I don't have a doubt that he actually invented the stirrups in uniforms. I would like to conclude this article by wishing Moyer all the luck in the world this season as he continues his journey to secure the last spot in the Rockies rotation as he faces players that could be considered his children and grandchildren. Image by furnstein under the Creative Commons License. ]]>
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