Stop me if you've heard this one: Jamie Moyer is old. And he's still pretty good. And he's really old. And still a good pitcher. And really, really old.
A couple of items of note on the ex-Phils lefty:
-Last night he became the oldest pitcher in baseball history to win a game, when he led the Rockies over the Padres, 5-3. Moyer, who allowed two unearned runs over seven innings, was 49 years, 150 days, edging out Jack Quinn (49 years, 70 days). He's now 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts for Colorado.
-In addition, Moyer did not reach 80 MPH on a single pitch last night. When was the last time a starting pitcher - non-knuckleballer - picked up a win without hitting 80 on the gun? It couldn't have been in the last 50 years, right? Last 75 years?
-The other day, I started hearing the stat that Moyer has faced 8.9% of hitters in Major League Baseball history. If you hadn't heard that yet, let it sink in for a second. That counts everyone from Ty Cobb to Freddy Galvis. (And you know you love reading those two names in the same sentence.) But yeah, nearly 1 out of every 10 hitters to ever step into the batter's box has faced Jamie Moyer.
-Some additional fun facts about Jamie Moyer: He's older than 8 MLB managers and 16 general managers ... He started the last game at Wrigley Field before lights were installed there. ... And he was born four months before the Beatles released their first album in Great Britain.
-Finally, here are some other players who debuted the same year as Jamie Moyer, in 1986. All of these guys have been retired for at least a decade: Wally Joyner, Will Clark, Mark McGwire, Bobby Bonilla, Dave Magadan, Terry Steinbach, Mike Stanley, Kevin Seitzer, Bip Roberts, Paul Assenmacher, Bo Jackson, and Doug Drabek. In the ex-Phillies category, here are some other 1986 debuters: Benito Santiago, Pete Incaviglia, John Kruk, Dan Plesac, Kevin Elster, Dale Sveum, Terry Mulholland, Mitch Williams, Jeff Parrett, and Bruce Ruffin.