Monday, November 08, 2010

Moyer Injured In Winter League

Jamie Moyer pitched his first professional game for the Geneva Cubs of the NY-Penn League in 1984. Twenty six years later, it looks like Moyer has pitched his last professional game after leaving a start for the Escogido Lions of the Dominican Winter League with an elbow injury.

The exact injury is unknown but Escogido's manager, former hand-urinater Moises Alou, told reporters that the injury was "career threatening."

This story saddens me a little because I like seeing players leave the game on their own terms, not because of injury.

If Jamie Moyer would have successfully completed his rehab this winter, there would have been scores of articles written about why he should retire. I'm sure if I searched hard enough, I'd find an article or blog post about why he shouldn't have been in the Dominican Winter League. Their reasons? He doesn't need the money. He can't perform like he did in his prime. Why spend time in minors/the Dominican/the minors/etc. after being in the majors so long? The media did the same thing with Rickey Henderson when he continued his playing career in the independent league a few years ago. Apparently, once a great player reaches a certain age, the media feel it is their right to decide when he should stop playing and their duty to protect that player from "ruining their legacy" or whatever rubbish they print as an excuse to be pompous decision makers for a player's career.

I applaud Jamie Moyer for attempting to continue his career at age 47. Something tells me that if he wouldn't have made a big league roster this spring he would have gone to AAA or for Camden or York, hoping to earn a return to the majors. The love and dedication to baseball that Jamie Moyer still shows, even after 26 professional years, is refreshing especially when the majority of baseball players seem to emphasize money and ego instead.

With this injury, it seems Moyer will avoid the critiquing, the second-guessing and the intrusion of the media into his decision of when to retire. However, unfortunately he may have lost something that I'm sure he valued, the ability to leave the game of baseball when he was ready.

9 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Moyer is just another one of my childhood players that are retiring. The only one left from the 80's is Vizquel now I think.

Anyway, Jamie was amazing in that he was able to do well with a very limited array of pitches. He was a true pitcher, not just some meathead that got up there and threw as hard as he could. I didn't like the way he handled being removed from the rotation in favor of Pedro in 2009, but other than that I have nothing but fond memories of him.

vendor71 said...

OR maybe not...

The only person that hasn't weighed in on the end of JM's career is the man himself. I'm going to wait and see what he has to say.

GM-Carson said...

It sounds like Moyer is going to need surgery and would likely miss the entire season. If were to comeback it would then be at the age of 49 with about 1.5 seasons missed due to injury. Hard to imagine a team taking a chance on him at that stage.

Bob D said...

Doesn't matter how long out. He doesn't throw hard, just smart if he can still do that at 50 then yeah give him a chance. Heck even Nolan Ryan on throwing out the first pitch during the playoffs hit 88 mph on the gun. 40 really isnt old and he keeps himself fit and in shape. And vendor has a point that Moyer himself hasn't chimed in, probably waiting for some results and a second opinion. I'm really glad that you didnt title this "Moyer is going to retire". I've seen many simular articles and it peeves me since he hasnt said so.

ripjgarcia said...

Interesting question:

If he does so, does he retire as a Phillie? I wouldn't think he would sign a phantom contract with the M's to retire there.

Dave said...

Jamie Moyer for the Hall of Fame!

Andrew said...

Well said, Corey

Andrew said...

FYI, I hope you didn't miss this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRuboEJPdBM

GM-Carson said...

Thanks Andrew, that's today's post.