It was a nice story. Jamie Moyer turns 50 in November. He was still pitching for a major-league baseball team. After a spring-training invitation and a good spring, the 49-year-old lefty made the Colorado Rockies' rotation, and that meant he got to set all sorts of records whenever he pitched. He was the oldest player to record a win. He was the oldest player to record an RBI. He was the oldest player to allow a home run to a guy who threw his bat at the ball.
But on Wednesday, he became the oldest player to be designated for assignment:
Rockies designate Jamie Moyer for assignment.— Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) May 30, 2012
Moyer had a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Rockies, allowing a league-high 75 hits in 53 innings. He also allowed 11 home runs, which is a lot even by Coors Field standards. With the Rockies looking to get their young pitchers some innings in the rotation, Moyer was clearly expendable.
But it's worth a moment to stop with the silly jokes (which we've all made) and think about how incredible it was that Moyer could get even a single out in the major leagues. He was born in the same year as Oddibe McDowell, Danny Tartabull, and Wally Joyner. Kevin Seitzer, Darren Daulton, Darryl Strawberry.
He's 12 days older than Bo Jackson.
And he was designated for assignment, not put to sleep. He could still pitch. He probably doesn't have a lot left, but it's possible. Here's hoping ...
To replace Moyer in the rotation, the Rockies called up Carlos Torres, a 29-year-old right-hander who had a 2.45 ERA and 32/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 33 innings at Colorado Springs.