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Jamie Moyer on cusp of incredible feat: Making a team at age 49

By March 27, 2012

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Granted, it was the 2012 San Francisco Giants. Their hitters are not likely to ever be compared favorably to the 1927 Yankees.

But Jamie Moyer, 49, no-hit them for four innings last week. And it certainly appears that he's going to make the Colorado Rockies roster as their No. 5 starter.

It's an amazing story, and writers all over are digging up facts. One of them is the fact that Moyer is older than any Rockies starting pitcher from their expansion season in 1993. Moyer was 30 then, and the oldest man to start a game for the 1993 Rockies was Bruce Ruffin, who was 29 then and is now 48. (Ruffin's son, Chance Ruffin, is a pitcher in Class AAA for the Seattle Mariners.)

Jim Caple of ESPN.com researched 49 incredible stats about Moyer. The most incredible one:

"At 49 years and four months, Moyer not only is older than Robert Redford was when he played Roy Hobbs in 'The Natural' (46 when filming began), he's older than was Wilford Brimley (48 at start of filming), who portrayed old manager Pop Fisher."

Another: "The major league minimum was $60,000 when Moyer made his debut. Alex Rodriguez made more than that every time he stepped up to the plate last season ($74,000)."

Roughly a third of the Rockies 40-man roster wasn't even born when Moyer made his debut in 1986. The Cubs cut Moyer in 1992, when he was 29. He had 34 wins. Since he turned 30, Moyer has won 233 more. Since turning 35, he's won 178 games. That's two-thirds of his career total.

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