September 22, 2008

AFTER A BRIEF TEN-YEAR ADJUSTMENT...:

Aging Gracefully (Dave Cameron - September 22, 2008, Fan Graphs)

Jamie Moyer is 45 years old. Jamie Moyer has thrown 190 innings, has won 15 games, and has a 3.78 ERA. Jamie Moyer is 45 years old.

This is, in two words, historically remarkable. Very few pitchers last long enough to throw until they’re 45, and even fewer do it at a level that adds value to their team. Finding pitchers who are significantly better than the league average starting pitcher at age 45 is almost impossible.

In the history of baseball, the list of guys who have been this good while being this old essentially reads like this:

Satchel Paige, 1952 and 1953
Phil Niekro, 1984
Jamie Moyer, 2008


...Mr. Moyer has been awfully good for all but two of the last 13 seasons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2008 5:42 PM
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