Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, possibly ending the record-setting 49-year-old pitcher’s Major League Baseball career.
Moyer, who was invited to the Rockies’ spring training after missing the 2011 season following elbow surgery, made the starting rotation and went 2-5 with a 5.70 earned run average before being designated yesterday, which gives Colorado 10 days to trade or release him.
He said at a news conference that he didn’t know what the future held for him.
“I’m going to go home tonight,” the left-handed Moyer said. “That’s my future plan.”
Moyer, who turns 50 on Nov. 18, this season became the oldest pitcher in major-league history to record a win. In his last victory on May 16, a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, he pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out five.
He lost his next two games, allowing a combined 13 earned runs, and said it was his command of pitches more than velocity that led to his exit. He also said he still believed he can pitch effectively in the major leagues.
“If you talk to any pitcher, consistency is the most important thing,” Moyer said. “I haven’t been that at this point but I believe that I can find that.”
This was Moyer’s 25th season in the major leagues, having played from 1996 to 2006 with the Seattle Mariners. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2006 and played there until 2010 before injuring his elbow in July. He underwent Tommy John surgery, a reconstructive elbow procedure named for the former pitcher, and skipped the entire 2011 campaign.
Having also spent time with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, Moyer has a 269-209 record and a 4.25 ERA over 4,074 innings pitched. He made one All-Star Game appearance, in 2003.