Cocks in the Hen House 06.23.10 – Jamie Moyer: Record Setter


“Cocks in the Hen House” is a weekly column by friends of the Chicks that aren’t, well, chicks. Stop by every Wednesday to see what the men-folk have to say about the weeks biggest baseball stories.

By David Walters (@DavefromPhilly)

With Father’s Day recently passing by, no Phillies pitcher deserves more praise than the pitcher who is old enough to be the father of a vast majority of Phillies fans, and also a few of the Phillies themselves.

It seems that nearly every time Jamie Moyer pitches, you tend to hear the phrase, “he is the oldest pitcher to (fill in the blank).” In all seriousness, though, stop for a moment and think of the records that Jamie has set or met in 2010:

  • Became the sixth oldest pitcher to appear in a game (April 10)
  • Became the eighth major league pitcher to start a game in four different decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s)
  • Became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to pitch complete game shutout (May 7)
  • Became the only MLB pitcher to throw a shutout if four different decades
  • Became the third MLB pitcher to win 100 games after turning 40 years old (June 5)
  • Became the oldest pitcher to defeat the New York Yankees (June 16)
  • Tied Robin Roberts for allowing the most home runs in a career (June 22)

At 47 years old, the most amazing thing about Jamie Moyer’s career is that he does not seem to be slowing down at all. He has stated that he wants to continue pitching (preferably with the Phillies) after he finishes his contract this year. So there is little doubt that he will extend his career to a quarter of a century in the 2011 season.

Although it seems that he will continue to bring in the “oldest player to…” awards, there is one record out there that he should set his eyes on: being the oldest pitcher to pitch in a National League game. This record is held by the great Jack Quinn, who pitched his final game when he was 50 years, 6 days old. Jamie will turn 48 in November, so he would still have complete two more seasons after this year in order to attain that record. If he continues on that path, he might even have a chance to pitch against his son, Dillon, who was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Although this seems to be extremely farfetched, it would be the first time in history that a father has ever pitched to his son in a major league baseball game.

As a person who has blasted him in my own blog earlier this year, I will eat my words and say that I do hope that the Phillies can keep Jamie on the staff for next year. For starters, he has consistently won at least 11 games in 14 of his last 15 seasons. Obviously, a lot can happen between now and the end of the season – Kyle Kendrick could evolve into a solid starter, Joe Blanton could continue his inconsistent starts, J.A. Happ could… well let’s just that the remainder is up for debate.

But if there is a 5th starter needed in the 2011 season, the call should be made to Jamie yet again, and hopefully it will be a much fairer price compared to the $8 million that Ruben is currently paying him. With all of that said, we might see Jamie back in a Phillies uniform next year, we might not. Regardless of where his career takes him next, he will be next step closer to yet another record, and hopefully another World Series title.

David is a contributor to the Phillies blog Cadillac Time and can be found on Twitter here.

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