Can Jamie Moyer Find New Life in the Bullpen?

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2009

PHOENIX - JULY 28:  Pitcher Jamie Moyer #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies sits in the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

As some of you know, Jamie Moyer is my favorite player. He has done so much during his career and has greatly contributed to the Phillies.

Thus, you can tell I am disappointed at the Phillies' decision to move him to the bullpen—but hey, that's baseball.

Moyer publicly addressed his disappointment in the Phillies' decision. Right away, people jumped on him about his statements.

Honestly, haven't other players done worse? Lay off the man.

But the question now is, can Moyer pitch effectively out of the bullpen?

He has pitched out of the bullpen and been effective in relief at some points.

He will most likely be used as a long relief man, though manager Charlie Manuel has said he may be used in key situations that involve a left-handed pitcher.

Teammate Chan Ho Park made the successful transition from starter to reliever this year, but he had more experience in that role.

Moyer will be ready to pitch tonight against the Atlanta Braves if he is needed.

Only time will tell how he does in the bullpen. All I know is that Phillies fans are rooting for him.


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