Jamie Moyer's Magic: Yes, He Can Still Pitch

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Jamie Moyer #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the New York Mets on June 11, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Jamie Moyer is one of the most beloved Phillies players.

He was a hometown kid who grew up as a Phillies fan.

He broke into the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 1986, and in his debut, he faced Steve Carlton. He won.

Early in his career, Moyer struggled, and he even considered retirement.

Eventually, he found his groove with the Seattle Mariners, and he still holds the franchise record for wins.

He was traded to the Phillies in 2006 and has found success again. Last year, his best season with the Phillies, he helped them win the World Series.

What else can you ask for?

The 2009 season started off roughly for Moyer. He pitched a few bad games, and many people began to question his ability to pitch in the MLB.

Here's the answer:

Yes, he can still pitch.

Recently, Jamie Moyer found his groove again and has shut down opposing teams.

Yesterday, he allowed one hit in seven shutout innings against the Florida Marlins at Land Shark Stadium. Along with Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero, they combined for a one-hit shutout.

Jamie Moyer earned his team-leading ninth win. 

More importantly, he won his 255thcareer victory. Moyer, 46, currently ranks 40th on baseball's all-time wins list. He has won 92 games after his 40th birthday, which is third all-time behind Phil Niekro and Jack Quinn.

Jamie Moyer defies the limitations of age. Most baseball players are swinging golf clubs by the time they are 46.

But Jamie Moyer can still do one thing they can't—pitch.

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