Jamie Moyer’s season and Phillies career are likely over. The veteran lefty and winner of 267 career games (which ranks ninth among lefties) becomes a 48-year-old free agent at the end of the season. (Getty)
A run of five seasons and 56 wins with the Phillies, only a portion of his 24-year total, came to an abrupt halt last Monday in St. Louis when Moyer walked to the dugout after a routine inning, a walk he’s made 4,020 times before. We found out later that he continued on through the tunnel due to a problem with his pitching elbow. Moyer met with a Los Angeles surgeon yesterday and was encouraged to hear that it can heal on its own and won’t require surgery, which matches the opinion of Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti. But in all likelihood, he’s broken his last record while wearing red pinstripes. "I have really enjoyed my time pitching here," Moyer told the media yesterday. "But it is really is up to the organization. I would love to have another opportunity.”
Nobody will ever forget 2008, but hopefully what he did in 2010 at age 47 won’t fade from memory, including a two-hitter May 7 against Atlanta, becoming the oldest player in history to throw a shutout. Moyer posted a line of 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts, and although a return hasn't been officially ruled out for this season, it's highly unlikely.As for Happ, he deserved a better farewell than a season spent rehabbing an elbow and auditioning for rival scouts. His Phillies career will be remembered for a 12-4 mark and 2.93 ERA in 2009, along with all the doubts the team seemed to have in him. At this point, it matters not if '09 was performed with smoke and mirrors. His contribution sticks. Now it’s up to Ed Wade to find out whether it was all an illusion.