Jamie Moyer Facing Retirement After Elbow Injury?

Jamie Moyer has pitched in the majors since 1986, but it may be an injury sustained outside of MLB that forces him to hang up his cleats. Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego reports that Moyer left a game in the Dominican winter league today after two innings with an injury to his throwing elbow. Moises Alou, the general manager of Moyer's Escogido club, tells Soldevila that Moyer "probably" won't pitch again in his career (Twitter links).

As Soldevila notes in a separate tweet, the injured elbow is the same one that forced Moyer to miss most of the second half of the 2010 season. The left-hander, who turns 48 later this month, was pitching in the Dominican league in an attempt to showcase the health of his left arm and earn a major league contract for 2011.

If the injury does derail Moyer's comeback for good, it would be an unfortunate end to an incredibly long and impressive career. The lefty has won 267 games and pitched more than 4000 innings for seven teams over the course of the quarter-century he has spent in the bigs.

41 Responses to Jamie Moyer Facing Retirement After Elbow Injury? Leave a Reply

  1. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    “Jamie Moyer considering retirement after realizing he’s really 63 years old.”

  2. EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

    Too bad, but he had an awesome run.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      And we as fans had an incredible time watching him every 5th day.

      • EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

        Truer words have not been said. It was pretty awesome what he did. I remember rooting for him in 2001 when the Mariners were going through that incredible run. He was already 38 years old then!

  3. TheLoweDown 5 years ago

    Moyer wanted 300 wins. It’s too bad he won’t get there.

  4. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Noooo!!!! You’re only 4 seasons from winning 300 games.

    • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

      Or one really good one.

      • RepOak 5 years ago

        That means he would have to win 33 games! Ur insane

        • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

          Didn’t dizzy win 31? He can do it. he just needs to start like fifty.

  5. RepOak 5 years ago

    Hall of famer

    • No he’s not. His longevity is admirable, but he’s comparable to Julio Franco as far as baseball players go.

      • invader3k 5 years ago

        That’s a pretty good comparison. Solid and very long career, but not really the best of the best.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      If he did something like get to 300 wins then he would have debate around him but as is he’s had a great career as a slightly above average pitcher.

  6. moonraker45 5 years ago

    Why is he even pitching in the dominican league?

    • adropofvenom 5 years ago

      Wanted to prove his health before going into Free Agency….oops.

    • cubbies 5 years ago

      Because,he missed the last half of the 2010 season with an injury,he was trying to get some work in.Also,there are MLB scouts at those games.He was hoping that a MLB team would sign him to a contract in 2011.If the scouts went back to their teams with a favorable report,then maybe he would have gotten an invite to spring training.I don’t think that will happen now,unfortunately.He really is a great person on and off the field.In my opinion he would make an awesome pitching coach!

  7. adropofvenom 5 years ago

    Isn’t Jamie Moyer older then his GM, Moises Alou?

  8. He’s been good, but he needs to hang it up anyway. He’s just tooo old. It’s been a great run though.

  9. PookieGonzales 5 years ago

    RUNNN!!! It’s is a sign of the Apocalypse!!!!!

  10. It’s not all bad for Jaime, he’s only a couple years away from having his pension kick in. And have you seen Mrs. Moyer?

    Hang’em up Jaime.

  11. TDKnies 5 years ago

    It feels weird seeing him go. His professional career is 7 years older than I am.

    • I was 14 when he came up with the Cubs, except for the 4 years before that he’s been in the league the entire time I’ve been following baseball. The game has changed quite a bit in the time he’s been around, he’s seen a lot. He’s pitched to the greats all the way back to the guys who came up in the late ’60’s up to the rookies in 2010. That’s five decades of players he’s seen.

    • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

      Try nine years.

  12. Jamie Moyer is a class act and this is a sad day for baseball. Players like him, with the passion he has don’t come around too often.

  13. huskydon 5 years ago

    Have no fear, he can always come back in 2012, or better yet, when he is 50, in 2013………

  14. JohnKruksWaistline 5 years ago

    :(I’ll forever remember Jamie’s dive in the World Series, shuffling the the ball to Howard as Crawford sped towards first…even though it was (wrongly) called safe by the ump, seeing a guy like him make a play like that is the epitome of someone who loves the game. He got everything he deserved, including a spot in team history generations not born yet will someday see. Odds are we won’t see a player like him for a very, very long time, if ever again.

  15. tony_mciv 5 years ago

    Possibly the only Pitcher I’ve ever seen who has the rest of the pitching staff- Mind you this being Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Oswalt- sitting next to him on their off days in the dugout talking about (what I thought was) pitching.
    I never knew what it was they were talking about exactly, but what I do know is that they seemed to listen to him. His baseball and pitching IQ is so high. If only his body was as strong. Jamie Moyer is an inspiration to all. He maybe an ‘average player’ stat-wise, but he has not, by my standards, had an average career.

    • nathanalext 5 years ago

      For that very reason, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone picked him up as their pitching coach. He will be a hell of one too.

      • Philip Marlowe 5 years ago

        Cubs oughta fire Rothschild and get Moyer to be pitching coach. After all, they already blew it with one ex-Cub, might as well split the difference.

  16. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    I saw him pitch live 3 times in the last 2 years and got a kick out of comparing him to the opposing pitcher. In one game I took my wife and even she noticed how he ‘threw so slow compared to the other guy, and still got the other team out’.That, I explained to her is what you call a pitcher. Good luck to him.

  17. ellisburks 5 years ago

    Nobody did more with a 80MPH “fastball” than Jamie Moyer. This guy pitched, he didn’t throw. It took him a while to learn that but once he did he was great. I never got to see him pitch live but I saw him many times on tv and I loved watching him. Have a great retirement Mr. Moyer!

  18. phil33 5 years ago

    Going to miss him on the team. It would be nice to see him get a position within the organization.

  19. PookieGonzales 5 years ago

    That’s a little harsh man, he only asked a question.

  20. moonraker45 5 years ago

    maybe you should shutup, i skimmed through the article, god forbid i’m not as thorough as you d bag

  21. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    Now, play nice…!!

  22. MikhelB 5 years ago

    Lots of players like to play in the Mexican, PR, Dominican and Venezuelan winter leagues because there’s an intensity seldomly watched in the major leagues.

    Even if they are not paid “prime-time money”, they enjoy the ambient, have fun doing so, and they can test themselves against players above AAA but not lucky enough (or not young enough) to play in other leagues.

    Even the Korean leagues are getting noticed nowadays since ballclubs, their fans and ultimately the players began to do the same, players give their all, and don’t put up excuses of “oow my pinky hurts i won’t play for a week”.

  23. MikhelB 5 years ago

    Charros don’t exist since at least 10 years ago, but there are plans to give Guadalajara their franchise once again.
    Right now it’s the winter leagues turn (Charros played in the summer league), and they just announced the acquisition of Tim Raines Jr. to play thirdbase for Mazatlán, Ruben Rivera and Jon Weber are already in the OF for that same team, Jorge Vázquez to play 3B for Culiacán, and they are waiting on Adrián González to go play 1B with Mazatlán.

  24. ludafish 5 years ago

    i think he meant Charros as in the team from Eastbound and Down…like a joke…nice history lesson though

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