We start by putting our Bud Light Spotlight on the 40th President of the United States.

Or…more specifically, the pitcher who made his Major League debut when Ronald Reagan was in office – former Mariner, Jamie Moyer.

 

At 49 years old, Moyer requested his release from the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, once again making him a free agent.

 

Earlier this year, Moyer became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to win a game. Who knows if he’ll get another chance. I’m not here to say it’s time to hang it up – after all, his three latest minor league starts were impressive, and I’d love to eventually see a 50-year-old pitcher record a win.

 

But if no one is interested, Moyer should sign one-day contract and retire as a Mariner – and also get to pitch one final game in Seattle.

 

The Mariners have a chance to do something different – by allowing a retiring athlete one more chance to take the field.

 

Sure, there might be logistical complications in adjusting the 25-man roster, but let’s be honest, what would the Mariners really be giving up by giving Moyer one last start? They’re not in the playoff hunt. All five starters haven’t exactly been lights out this season, and even at 49, Moyer has proven he can still get guys out. We’re not asking for a permanent spot in the five-man rotation.

 

Just this week, LaDanian Tomlinson signed a one-day “ceremonial” contract to retire as a San Diego Charger. Jerry Rice did it with the 49ers. Even Mike Cameron did it with Seattle earlier this year.

 

But the M’s should give that “ceremonial contract” a new twist with Moyer – letting him do what none of those three ever will - playing in an official game one last time.

 

After all, we wouldn’t only be praising Moyer for his career and specifically his 11 seasons in Seattle. We’d also be giving him a chance to earn his 270th career win. And we’d be indirectly honoring him for the plethora of community service he and his wife Karen have done through the Moyer Foundation over the past 12 years – raising millions of dollars to programs that help children in distress.

 

When Moyer declared after Tommy John surgery last year that he was making a comeback, most thought he was crazy. But he’s proven them wrong with the same determination that’s allowed him to last 26 years in the Major Leagues.

 

In fact, when he threw his first shutout, *this* was the song that topped the charts: “Papa don’t preach"

 

If Madonna can last this long – so can Jamie Moyer. And he should retire as a Mariner, walking off the Safeco mound following one final start.