When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto called Jamie Moyer to invite him to camp the oldest pitcher to win a game in major-league history replied, “Is that as a player, or in another capacity?” After a weeklong stint in Peoria Moyer’s engagement and enthusiasm suggests that he loved it. Not being used to calling the dugout home, Moyer’s did a remarkable job assessing the players work, giving mechanical suggestions, and providing insight into the mental challenged of baseball on both the major- and minor-league side of the complex. Moyer was said to be a natural on the coaching end, and seemed more than open to pursuing that line of work. Moyer says he’d be willing to work around his schedule to go on some special assignments during the season upon request.
The Pennsylvania native is a former professional baseball pitcher with over 25-years in Major League Baseball experience currently lives in Florida with his wife and eight children. When he’s not focusing on family or sports he’s working with his non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress through the Moyer Foundation.
At the time of his last game, Moyer was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active MLB pitcher. He’s pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies. He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame last year in 2015. Moyer played for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2012, winning 269 games — the final one for the Rockies at age 49 — and this may just be his time to explore the other side of the field. Moyer announced the end of his baseball-playing career during an interview with Dave Davies on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air broadcast that aired October 2, 2013. During the interview on Fresh Air he also announced his intention to start a pitching academy, The Moyer Pitching Academy, as well as continue his charitable work with The Moyer Foundation, but that he would be open to an offer to coach in the major leagues.
Moyer has the instant street cred that comes with a career that brought him two 20-win seasons, an All-Star appearance and a World Series title. “Whether it’s pickoff moves, how you hold your glove in the stretch or how you attack hitters, he’s got like 25 years in the big leagues, which is unbelievable,’’ Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery said. “ It’s pretty cool listening to him talk, and having him give me advice on different little things is pretty awesome.” One tip Moyer gave Montgomery to help his changeup was to hold two balls in his hand, then take one away and see how the ball feels smaller. “It’s little things like that I would have never thought about,’’ he said. This only confirms previous thoughts by many that Moyer is a natural on the coaching end, and seems open to pursuing that line of work.
If your company is interested in finding out availability and booking fees for a professional baseball player like Jamie Moyer or other sports celebrities for a Baseball Camp, Radio Interview, Keynote Speech, and Guest Appearances call us at 1-888-246-7141.
Watch Jamie Moyer’s Baseball Hall of Fame Interview: