Well friends, the dream was nearly a reality, but it appears as though our desire to see Jamie Moyer serve up slow-rolling softballs to American League East hitters has been dashed once and for all. The Baltimore Orioles, who signed the 49-year-old a few weeks ago after he was released by the Colorado Rockies, have decided the wily purveyor of 77 MPH heat is not fit to pitch for their team. After Baltimore refused to call him up this week, Moyer ask for and was granted his release today.
Moyer’s second release inside of a month should mean the end to a story that, although somewhat interesting at first, has become an annoyance. It’s clear that at his age, there just isn’t enough left in the proverbial tank to justify handing him a spot on a 25-man roster. It’s difficult to imagine Moyer catching on with another team at this point, despite the fact that he allowed only three earned runs in 16 innings with AAA-Norfolk over three starts.
Moyer posted a dismal 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with Colorado before being released and had allowed 11 home runs in only 53.2 innings. The release by the Orioles marks the eighth time in his career that Moyer has been either released or traded.
Let’s hope we finally hear an end to the boundless, creativity-sucking old-age jokes that revolve around this story.
So it goes.