The Phillies let 47-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs test the free agency market, likely ending their terms in a Phillies uniform.
After a season-ending elbow injury hit Moyer, who turns 48 next month, and two straight poor years at the plate for Dobbs, the Phillies took the next step of their make-over.
Moyer had a lot of great moments as a Phillie, including winning his first championship in 2008. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Moyer enjoyed five wonderful seasons with the Phillies, winning over a fifth of his 267 games with the Phillies. He went 56-40 with a 4.66 ERA.
2008 was magical year for both players. Moyer went 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA and Dobbs hit .301 with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 240 plat appearances.
“I really enjoyed playing here,” Moyer said Saturday, when the Phillies lost to the Giants in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to end their season. “If it’s over, it’s over. I’ve really enjoyed my teammates. I’ve enjoyed playing for [manager] Charlie [Manuel]. Winning here was the pinnacle of my career. And doing it where I grew up was pretty special. But it may be over. It may not be over. It’s all good.”
Moyer, who is from the area, won his first World Series in 2008 with the Phillies. It was a dream come true for the lefty, who made his major league debut against the Phillies and Steve Carlton in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs.
This past season, Moyer had one more achievement to put on his shelf. In early May, he became the oldest pitcher in the Major League history to throw a complete game shut out at 47-years, 170-days. It was a two-hit gem against the Braves as the Phillies won, 7-0.
Moyer was also one of my favorite players on the Phils. He proved time and time again that he still had it in him to win ball games. Hopefully Moyer will find a buyer and will have a successful 2011 season though I think he’s finally reached his peak. With needing 33 wins until 300, he will have the extra motivation to go after one of baseball’s elite groups.