Seven days after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game in major-league history, Jamie Moyer left last night’s game against the Pirates in line for the victory which would put him ahead of Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer. But it was not to be. The Rockies’ bullpen couldn’t get Moyer’s six innings of one-run ball across the finish line, leaving Moyer with a No Decision, although he did add three more strikeouts to his career total.
But Moyer may not need career totals to get to Cooperstown. The Hall is already getting the soft-tossing Moyer’s cap and glove from the historic win last Tuesday night when he became the oldest pitcher in major league history to win a game. Now, Cooperstown will be getting the rest of him as well.
That is if he ever stops pitching.
Ironically, the pitcher who has been around so long his first strikeout victim was Abner Doubleday, Moyer told reporters following his historic win “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.” At this point, the Hall of Fame offered him a spot in the museum’s Steele Internship Program. The Hall’s 2012 class for the 10-week internship program features 15 students from across the country.
Of course, Moyer actually would have to retire to become eligible for the internship, but as we here at Dubsism have been pointing out for two years now, the longer Moyer remains in the game, the more his candidacy for Hall of Fame induction gets boosted.
Now for your Jamie Moyer Fact…Despite the fact Moyer pitched 17 of his 25 years in the American League, he has racked up 148 strikeouts in 393 at-bats. That gives him a strikeout to at-bat ratio of 2.65. In comparison, strikeout-meister Rob Deer racked up 1409 strikeouts in 3881 at bats, giving him a ratio of 2.75, which is the highest for any player with at least 3,000 at bats. Of course, there’s a big difference between Moyer’s 0 career homers and 13 career RBIs and Deer’s 230 HR and 600 RBI. But it also means Moyer has allowed over twice as many home runs (513) as Deer hit and over three times as many earned runs (1,898).