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Could Moyer Pitch To 50?

MLB.com's Joseph Santoliquito talked to Pirates manager John Russell, who opined that Phillies lefty Jamie Moyer could pitch til he's 50.  When asked about the idea, Moyer wouldn't rule it out. 

At the least, Moyer intends to pitch next year.  He said:

"I have an obligation here that I plan on upholding next year with the Phillies, so I will be back at 46."

The quote comes as a surprise to me, because I had Moyer listed as a free agent after the season.  Perhaps he is referring to a verbal, rather than contractual, agreement in place with the Phillies for '09?  The old dog learned a new trick this year, bumping his groundball rate to 44.8% to push down his home run rate.  His average fastball velocity is holding steady at 81 mph.


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