49-year-old Pitcher Jamie Moyer, who turns 50 in November, has amazingly made it back into baseball's big leagues after recently earning a spot in the Colorado Rockies rotation. He will start the team's second game of the season on 7 April against the Houston Astros and if successful, he will become the oldest player in MLB history to record a victory.
When asked about the signing, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said;
"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. 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 will be entering his 25th major league season, posted an impressive ERA of 2.77 during Spring Training and edged out 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso for a rotation spot.
When asked about his return to the big leagues, Moyer said:
"I was excited. I'm happy. I'm honored… But in the end, like Jim said, `You earned it.' That was my goal coming here."
The last player to play in the major leagues at 49 was infielder Julio Franco, who finished out the season with the Atlanta Braves in 2007.
– Pen & Paper Sports
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