Go Home, Jamie
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, free agent pitcher Jamie Moyer threw for scouts last Thursday. Reports on the left-hander, who is nearly a year removed from Tommy John surgery, are excellent. They aren't as great for baseball fans who appreciate the sanctity of the Hall of Fame.
Jamie Moyer has the right to do what he wants to do for as long as he physically can. He's had a long, distinguished career. He will go down as one of the best finesse pitchers in the history of baseball, a crafty lefty who turned his career around after his 30th birthday. But the longer he pitches, the better the chances of him eventually ruining a father-son/daughter bonding moment for me when one day when I take my children to Cooperstown.
At 267 career victories, Moyer is 33 wins away from joining baseball's 300 Win Club. As of this moment, no one in the club has been left out of the Hall of Fame when their career concluded. I believe the voters would see through the number and not elect Jamie into the pantheon of greats, but how can I be sure? His longevity and determination should be praised, but pitching between 25-30 seasons will inflate career statistics to any player with a pulse.
Although his 267 wins place him above many current Hall of Fame pitchers, his earned run average would be one of the worst in Cooperstown. At 4.24 -- and the more he pitches the more it will rise -- his career mark puts him behind luminaries like Brad Penny, Brad Radke, Javier Vazquez, Jeremy Guthrie, Woody Williams, Ted Lilly, Andy Ashby, Jeff Fassero, A.J. BURNETT, JOHN LACKEY, and Randy Wolf.
Jamie seems like a nice guy off the field. He's been a good pitcher on it. I just wish he would go home so I don't have to look my kids in the eye and explain his career after I'm done explaining Pedro Martinez and Sandy Koufax.