With one swing, Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton went Roy Hobbs of the movie The Natural and knocked out lights on the video scoreboard off Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer.
Stanton hit a grand slam off Moyer to cap a five-run fourth inning and the Marlins stayed hot by beating the Rockies 7-4 on Monday night.
“Maybe the farthest. I don’t know about the hardest,” Stanton said when asked how his 438-foot shot compared to the other eight homers he’s hit this season. “But that was pretty good.”
Stanton wasn’t even born when Moyer’s career began in 1986. His first game against him was one to remember.
“I kind of backed myself into a corner—walks, a lot of pitches, deep in the count,” Moyer said. “It’s not the way to be an efficient pitcher. Ultimately, I got what I deserved.”
Stanton’s ninth home run of the season and fourth career grand slam went down the left field line, the impact of its collision with the video board over the left-field concourse knocking out a portion of the digital display. The Marlins crowd roared for nearly two minutes before Stanton acknowledged their desire for a curtain call.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer made history this week by becoming the oldest player to ever win a major league game. The 49-year-old lefthander donated his cap and glove to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, and now they want to give him something in return: an internship.
Following his historic win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Moyer told reporters, “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.”
Well, the Hall of Fame has offered him a spot in the Museum’s Steele Internship Program. Of course, Moyer actually would have to retire to become eligible for the internship.
“Jamie Moyer has proven that age is truly just a number,” said Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “By winning a game at the age of 49 years and 150 days, he’s broken a long-standing record in baseball history. But even more noteworthy in his performance is that Jamie has expressed a desire to become a baseball historian. Through our annual Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program, we are providing learning foundations and educational opportunities to future leaders in baseball research, among many other Museum and baseball disciplines.
“Jamie certainly has shown the dedication we look for in our program’s candidates, and we believe that Jamie has the stuff necessary to make it as a Hall of Fame historian, with a little hard work and perseverance.”
During his 25-season major league career, he is 268-206 with a 4.23 ERA.
At 49 years old Jamie Moyer has made it back in the big leagues. Moyer earned a spot in the Colorado Rockies rotation and will start the team’s second game of the season.
“It is still Jamie Moyer. It’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitching prior to the arm injury that cost him the entire 2011 season. It’s the same guy,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
“It’s the same worker. It’s the same professional. It’s the same stuff, same velocity, same pitches. When he’s right, same type of effectiveness. You’re going to venture into this.”
Moyer, who is entering his 25th major league season, posted a 2.77 ERA this spring and beat out 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso for a rotation spot.
Moyer will start April 7 against the Houston Astros. He can become the oldest pitcher in major league history to earn a victory. The last player to play in the majors at 49 years old was infielder Julio Franco, who finished out the season with the Atlanta Braves in 2007 after turning 49 in August.
Moyer will be 50 in November and has a career record of 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA. He was an All-Star in 2003 with the Seattle Mariners, and he made his major league debut on June 16, 1986 with the Chicago Cubs.
Jamie Moyer has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invite to the Colorado Rockies spring training, pending a physical.The 49-year-old lefty didn’t play last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.
Moyer has played 24 major league seasons, starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986. He went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.
Moyer is 267-204 with a 4.24 career ERA.
While Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer isn’t officially retired he will spend his time this season as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. At 48, Moyer hopes to pitch again in 2012 after having surgery in December to replace a ligament in his elbow that he suffered while pitching in the Dominican Winter Leagues. Moyer has 267 pitching wins over 24 MLB seasons.
Moyer says he has hasn’t exactly been planning on a TV career: “It’s been mentioned that I’d do well, blah, blah. And as a player, you never know when your last year will be. And I’m not convinced I’ve had my last day. Why just sit back this year and do nothing but rehab? Why not see how I like this business and this business likes me?”
I just may have to reconsider my viewership of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight with this addition.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Houston Astros who have opened the Major League Baseball season 0-8.
The Astros are off to their worst start since 1983, when they opened that season 0-9, and are currently they only winless team left in the MLB. Looking at some of Houston stats they can help explain why they have gotten off to such a horrible start. Houston has 6 position players batting under .120 and without the hits the Astros should look at other ways to get on base but they are just as bad with taking base on balls. They currently have five positions players: J.R. Towles, Pedro Feliz, Kazuo Matsui,Tommy Manzella, and Hunter Pence who have have yet to draw a walk, while the team as a whole as only 8 overall and Jeff Keppinger accounts for half of them. This helps explains why the have an MLB worse .239 on-base percentage, a full 65 points behind the next team.
The Astros however have had to face some of the games elite pitching in its first eight games like opening the season with back to back starts against two former Cy Young Award winners in San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. The letup hasn’t been any easier facing All Star Giants pitcher Matt Cain, last years rookie of the year runner up Philadelphia Phillies J.A. Happ, 259 game winner Jamie Moyer, Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, top 5 Cy Young Award finishers St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright and Brad Penny.
The pitching of the Astros when compared to their hitting seems to be a breathe of fresh air. They still rank with the worst in the National League when it comes to walking hitters, giving up home runs and allowing earned runs. Then comes the ability to strike hitters out where Houston ranks 15 out of 16 in the National League with only 48 in its first eight games.
The sub-par pitching and horrendous hitting has caused the Astros to only lead for four of 72 innings through their first eight games, scoring just 14 runs. Houston hopes to avoid matching its 1983 0-9 season when it faces the Cardinals at noon but have struggled in recent years at Busch Stadium, losing 13 of its last 17 games since 2008.
Houston still has a chance to earn its first win before Thursday is over with however since this is posted at 6:30 am the Astros have earned this week Mama Margies Major Meltdown.
The New York Yankees are Major League Baseball’s World Champions after winning Game 6 of the 105th World Series 7-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies, who I wrongly predicted to win in 5 and keep the championship in the National League.
I admit my MLB postseason predictions where my worst ever and about as foul as that after taste from vomiting, utterly nasty, Ryan Howard, and I will go sit somewhere till pitchers and catches report in February.
I am glad to see the core four back on top especially Derek Jeter and the best closer of all time Mariano Rivera. Captain Cheeseburger Sabathia welcome to the champion stage, you deserve it. If the Yankees didn’t win it all, then Mark Teixeira you would be enjoying an ass ripping for not producing at all during the postseason with your bat. You didn’t bring the bat but you did bring the five fingers covered in gold, credit for shining in another area of your game when the bat went ice cold.
Brain Cashman your a champion once again but your off season surely doesn’t get any easier with some tough decisions lingering on free agents Johnny Damon, Andy Pettitte, and World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, who didn’t make those decisions any easier.
A big congratulations to Alex Rodriguez, the 2009 season really was all about you, now your a World Series champion, and no one can take that off your resume.
Hey lets not forget Chien-Ming Wang is a champion too.
As for the Phillies, great job, I do wish you could have given me one more night of baseball but you didn’t. That club option on Cliff Lee is without a doubt gonna be picked up. It’s a shame that Cole Hamels pretty much checked out on the season back on June 14 and that Jamie Moyer got hurt right as the season pretty much ended, he would have been a nice option.
You know it’s coming so lets just say Brad Lidge you blow in every way known to mankind, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you.
Congratulations to George Steinbrenner and his New York Yankees on their MLB record 27th World Series title. Get well Boss.