This is worth writing about, even though in Jamie Moyer’s last game as an Oriole I was still single. I got married a week after Moyer last pitched for Baltimore, back in 1995, his third and final season here. That was before three kids and 16 years of wedded bliss for me.
That’s how we mark Moyer’s career these days, in our own timeline: where we were when he did what.
His first win, June 16, 1986 with the Chicago Cubs, came as I had just finished my junior year in high school. Orioles’ starter Jake Arrieta was three months old; Tommy Hunter was born two weeks after Moyer’s debut.
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Last night, the soft-tossing lefty threw seven innings against the San Diego Padres, giving up six hits, two walks and two runs (none earned) for the win. He became the oldest pitcher in major league history, at 49 years, 150 days, to get a victory -- passing 49-year-old Jack Quinn, whose final win came in 1932. (Satchel Paige did not win in his lone start when he was 59. His final victory came at age 47, if baseball’s records are correct).
You know all about Moyer – who throws his fastball at 78 mph and has defied age and logic in a 25-year career with eight teams.
But did you know this, Orioles’ fans?
With his win last night, Moyer has tied Jim Palmer on the all-time wins list at 268 – 34th overall.
With three more wins he will surpass his old Orioles’ teammate, Mike Mussina, on the list. If he can somehow win 17 more before he officially retires, he will pass Robin Roberts and have more career victories than any pitcher who ever wore the modern-day Orioles uniform.Seems like a long shot, but who thought Moyer would still be pitching in 2012?