Your Jamie Moyer Update 04/18/2012 – 49 Years, 150 Days

The numbers from last night’s history-setting performance: 7 innings pitched, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 3 inning-ending double plays all while allowing nary a single earned run. But the number that really mattered…49 years, 150 days.  That number sets the new standard as it passed Jack Quinn’s win for the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old.

That’s the number that will get Moyer’s uniform, and other assorted memorabilia a trip to Cooperstown as Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a regular season game.  Let’s be honest, no matter where you are on the “Is  Moyer is a Hall-of -Famer” debate; no matter what there will be Moyer memorabilia in the the Hall of Fame.

Whether it is shipping a package to Cooperstown, or tossing seven effective innings against the Padres, Moyer delivered.  Moyer not only set this record, but more importantly, his performance stopped a two-game skid for Colorado. This record-setting win was Moyer’s 268th, which ties him with Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer at 34th place on the career list. To get there, Moyer dealt the Padres a steady diet of a wood-dodging cutter, his usual marshmallow curve, and a “heater” that never once topped 79 mph which allowed him to scatter six hits and two unearned runs by being the classic Jamie Moyer…keeping the Padres’ batters off balance and guessing.

This now also means the Moyer Watch here at Dubsism now becomes an exercise in a) how long can Moyer continue this miracle run and b) how many more Hall-of-Famers can Moyer pass in some career statistics?

And as always, we will continue to offer some fun Jamie Moyer facts:  For example, did you know Jamie Moyer has allowed more home runs (513) than several current players have hit:

Player (years in the league, age) Home Runs

  • Chipper Jones (19, 40) 456
  • Vladimir Guerrero (16, 37) 449
  • Albert Pujols (12, 32) 445
  • Jason Giambi (18, 41) 428
  • Andruw Jones (17, 35) 421
  • Paul Konerko (16, 36) 397
  • David Ortiz (16, 36) 378
  • Adam Dunn (12, 32) 366
  • Lance Berkman (14, 36) 358
  • Carlos Lee (14, 36) 350
  • Todd Helton (16, 38) 347
  • Alfonso Soriano (14, 36) 340
  • Derrek Lee (15, 36) 331
  • Aramis Ramirez (15, 34) 315
  • Mark Teixeira (10, 32) 314
  • Adrian Beltre (15, 33) 311
  • Ivan Rodriguez (21, 40) 311
  • Scott Rolen (17, 37) 308
  • Carlos Beltran (15, 35) 305
  • Miguel Tejada (15, 38) 304
  • Magglio Ordonez (15, 38) 294
  • Pat Burrell (12, 35) 292
  • Ryan Howard (8, 32) 286
  • Bobby Abreu (17, 38) 284
  • Torii Hunter (16, 36) 281
  • Miguel Cabrera (10, 29) 280
  • Mike Cameron (17, 39) 278

The only current players who have hit more home runs than Moyer has allowed are:

Player (years in the league, age) Home Runs

  • Alex Rodriguez (19, 36) 630
  • Jim Thome (22, 41) 604
  • Manny Ramirez (19, 40) 555

Here’s another fun fact about Moyer’s career. There are 102 pitchers who have appeared in at least 700 games, and Moyer is not one of them; yesterday’s win was his 689th appearance in a Major League Game. Now, since this stat favors relief pitchers (Jesse Orosco is the all-time leader at 1,252 and Mariano Rivera is the active leader at 1,046), Moyer is one of only five pitchers with more than 4,000 innings pitched and less than 700 appearances.

  • Pete Alexander* – 5, 190 innings pitched, 696 career appearances
  • Eppa Rixey* – 4, 992.2 innings pitched, 692 career appearances
  • Bert Blyleven* – 4, 970 innings pitched, 692 career appearances
  • Early Wynn* – 4, 564 innings pitched, 691 career appearances
  • Jamie Moyer – 4, 038 innings pitched, 689 career appearances

* Denotes Hall-of-Famer

It gets even better if you look at what happens if Moyer makes 12 more appearance to pass 700 total.  This list also contains nothing but guys who are in the Hall-of-Fame or should be (don’t start the “Steroid” argument here with me over Clemens). Seriously, look at how many Hall-of-Famers are on the list of pitchers with more than 700 appearances and more than 4,000 innings pitched:

  • Cy Young* – 7, 356 innings pitched, 906 career appearances
  • Pud Galvin* – 6, 003.1 innings pitched, 705 appearances
  • Walter Johnson* – 5, 914.1 innings pitched, 802 career appearances
  • Phil Niekro* – 5, 404 innings pitched, 864 career appearances
  • Nolan Ryan* – 5, 386 innings pitched, 807 career appearances
  • Gaylord Perry* – 5, 350 innings pitched, 777 career appearances
  • Don Sutton* – 5,282.1 innings pitched, 774 career appearances
  • Warren Spahn* – 5, 243 innings pitched, 750 career appearances
  • Steve Carlton* – 5, 217 innings pitched, 741 career appearances
  • Greg Maddux – 5, 008.1 innings pitched, 744 career appearances
  • Roger Clemens – 4, 916 innings pitched, 705 career appearances
  • Tommy John – 4, 710.1 innings pitched, 760 career appearances
  • Jim Kaat – 4, 530.1 innings pitched, 898 career appearances

Again, you can decide which side of the “Is Moyer a Hall-of-Famer” fence you want to be on, but this is yet another set of numbers where Moyer is living on a street where many of his neighbors have Cooperstown addresses.

Now for the obvious comparison. Since Moyer is the oldest pitcher to win a regular-season game, just how big the the age difference between him and the youngest winner?

If you really want to crawl into the “Wayback Machine,” Willie McGill was born on November 10, 1873 and he won his 1st game on May 8, 1890, making him 16 years, 178 days old when he notched his first “W,” ironically for the Cleveland Infants.  Since 1900, the mark belongs to Philadelphia Phillies’ southpaw Rogers McKee, who was born on September 16, 1926 and won his 1st and only Major League game on October 3, 1942, making him 17 years and 17 days old.

As for the youngest “pitcher of note” to tally a major league win, that distinction belongs to Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller, who racked up the first of his 266 wins on August 23, 1936 at the ripe old age of 17 years, 201 days.

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3 responses

  1. Definetly Hall of Fame material, I just hope they get a cast of that left arm before it falls off.
    Have a Moyer-velous day!

  2. 47 yes votes, huh?

    Nice to see Moyer’s family subscribing to these posts.

  3. Oh, here it is. I’m not very smart sometimes.

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