Just six weeks after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League Baseball history, Jamie Moyer was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, a move that could signal the end of the 49-year-old’s career.
Reporters from around the Tribune Co. will discuss whether Moyer should retire or if he could possibly contribute on another team. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.
Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
“Value” is a relative term. For playoff-contending clubs, the 49-year-old Moyer is of little value as a member of the starting rotation, or even a likely liability in middle relief. His 2-5 record with Colorado included a 5.70 ERA as he allowed 34 earned runs and 75 hits in 53 2/3 innings.
As for teams unlikely to make the postseason, signing Moyer would take up a spot on the pitching staff that could be filled by a promising minor-league arm who needs big-league experience. But there’s still something to be said for Moyer’s experience and the fact he can still get people out. This year he struck out 36 while walking 18. Moyer deserves one more shot before retirement.
Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune
I’d love to see Jamie Moyer keep pitching, but if this isn’t the end of the road for him -- kicked to the curb by a going-nowhere Rockies team that had been behind him -- I don’t know what will be. Moyer’s comeback was one of the best stories of 2012, with him pitching great in spring training and becoming the oldest pitcher ever to win a game.
I would love to see him make it to 50, but who is going to give him another chance? The Cubs of 2011 might have, as they were searching for pitching all season long, but I can’t see foisting him on Dale Sveum, even if it would be fun to watch. No, this is it for Moyer. Hate to say it, but it is.
Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun
The numbers -- from his age (49) to his 5.70 ERA -- say that it’s time for Jamie Moyer to face reality and bring an end to a great career during which he proved everyone wrong and won way more games than a lot of pitchers with better stuff and stronger arms. The Colorado Rockies also said that by designating him for assignment after he registered just two wins in 10 starts.
But if Moyer can convince another major league team to give him one more chance, more power to him. He underwent Tommy John elbow surgery to make this comeback, so it’s certainly understandable that he would want more than 10 appearances to find out if he can still win at this level.
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Mike Berardino, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
This isn’t the first time an organization has pulled the plug on Jamie Moyer. This isn’t the first time baseball thinkers have determined that the 49-year-old lefty can’t get hitters out anymore. It’s only been happening to him for the past 20 years.
Is Moyer really washed up this time? I have a hard time believing that after catching his act in person 10 days ago in Miami. Even though Moyer failed to last through the fourth inning that night, he still had hitters off balance the first time through the lineup. He still froze several Marlins hitters with that slow-slower-slowest routine.
Marlins reserve Greg Dobbs, who spent seven years as Moyer’s teammate, didn’t hesitate when I asked if he had any doubt Moyer would still be pitching next season at age 50. “Nope,” Dobbs said. “No doubt.”]