Can there be 42 more wins for Jamie Moyer?

On June 16, 1986, the Cubs were facing the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Both teams were hopelessly behind the Mets. The Phillies started Steve Carlton that day, whose brilliant Hall of Fame career was winding down. Future Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Ryne Sandberg also played in that game. So did some big names from the 1970s like Davey Lopes and Kent Tekulve.

And pitching for the Cubs that day was a rookie making his big league debut. He won the game, beating Carlton, letting up 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings.

That pitcher is now in Philadelphia and still pitching… in fact Jamie Moyer won the 5th starter’s job for the Phillies going into the 2010 season… and guess what? When all is said and done, HE could be a Hall of Famer!

He will be pitching in his 4th decade (yes, I am counting this as a new decade.) In his first six seasons in the bigs, he played for three different teams, went 34-54 with an ERA in the high 4’s. He spent all of 1992 in the minor leagues. I bet if you told him then that he would still be pitching in the bigs in 2010… well he probably would have thought you were either crazy or wondered how you bent the rules of time and space.

But here he is… all of these years later… still pitching. Thanks to a truly rotten trade by the Red Sox, Moyer settled into a groove in Seattle and pitched for 10 1/2 seasons. And now has spent the past 3 1/2 seasons in Philly.

He has a World Series ring with the 2008 Phillies, a pair of top 5 Cy Young finishes and one more top 10 finish, pitched in the 2003 All Star Game and along the way earned 10s of millions of dollars.

You’d think that would be enough. But folks… he’s pitching on arguably the best team in the National League. In two of the last three years his ERA has soared to nearly 5 but his win totals remained in double digits.

He is currently sitting on 258 wins.

Imagine if he wins 12 this year, which isn’t out of the question.
And then he wins 11 the year afterwards.

Are you seeing where I am taking this?

Let’s say he has 4 mediocre seasons with high win totals. If over the next 4 seasons, get wins 10 or 11 each year…

He’d get 300 wins, and we’re talking first ballot Hall of Famer.

Does he have it in him? He’ll be 47 this season, so I am talking about pitching into his 50s.

But can he do it? He’s not a power pitcher. In his prime, his pitches couldn’t destroy a spider web.

He has the NL’s best lineup hitting behind him and he’ll be starting every fifth day.

Basically Jamie Moyer is to pitching what Harold Baines was to batting.
Harold had a nice but hardly eye popping career. But as I wrote before, if he got 7 more hits a year, he would have cleared 3,000 and been Hall of Fame bound.

Moyer doesn’t have a shot without 300. But NOT reaching 300 is the only thing keeping Bert Blyleven out.

And the idea of Jamie Moyer being a Hall of Famer while an ace and a post season stud like Jack Morris is kept out is mildly insane.

But I like insanity. So count me in to wanting to see Jamie Moyer get 42 more wins in his career.

How can you not root for a man who career stretches from playing Ron Cey to playing with Cole Hamels?

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Happy 2010

And it is the beginning of a new decade of baseball and for Sully Baseball.

And please spare me any nonsense that this ISN’T a new decade. It is. The numbers turned over in the “Tens” column. That’s how you know it is a new decade.

When the numbers turn over in the “Hundreds” column it is a new century.

When they turn over in the “Thousands” column it is a new millennium.

I had to hear all of that silliness that the year 2000 wasn’t the start of a new millennium and I am not about to listen to it again.

Yeah I know the argument. There was no “Year Zero”, so the first decade AD ended at AD 10… but I’m still not buying it.

How do we know there wasn’t a “Year Zero?”

Some Monk named Dionysius Exiguus figured out when Christ was born. But here’s the thing… there isn’t a historian or even a religious figure that you will ever meet who thinks he was right. He was off by at least 3 years. Maybe even more.

So we are going to be a stickler for accuracy based on the mathematics of someone who got the math wrong?

That’s insane.

I remember getting into an argument with someone over this at the turn of the millenium (which took place on January 1, 2000… when ALL the numbers changed.)

I asked my friend (who is educated and smart on most matters) “Do you consider 1990 to be part of the 1980s? Was 1980 part of the 1970s?”

He answered yes to both… which of course is “smearing fecal matter on the wall” level nuts.

I now declare there WAS a “Year Zero.”
It was an uneventful year. Nothing worth remembering.

And it was a good 1,846 years before the first recorded baseball game was played… so it’s not worth looking up any stats from then.

It’s a new decade.
And for Dionysius Exiguus’ sake let’s move on from his little mistake.

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