Jamie Moyer is not retiring from baseball this season.
Well, sort of.
It was announced today that the 48 year old left handed pitcher has signed with ESPN to be a guest analyst for Baseball tonight.
Moyer will appear on the show periodically throughout the season to give insight and analysis, and will make his TV debut tomorrow for ESPN’s Opening Day coverage.
“It’s a new challenge and I look forward to this forum as a chance to elaborate on the art of pitching as I rehab from injury this season” said Moyer in a statement.
Personally, I love this move by ESPN. I usually don’t like when they make former athletes into analysts, but in Moyer’s case I think it’s a good fit. To me great athlete doesn’t equal good analyst (see NFL Network), or in the case of Trent Dilfer, mediocre athlete doesn’t equal great analyst.
Moyer is a well-spoken individual, and if you have heard his interviews you know he offers great insight into pitching. If Jamie can’t find a job as a pitcher with another club, I see this as great second career for a guy like Moyer.
The only problem for Moyer is Baseball tonight is usually only a half hour to full hour program. For whatever reason Moyer talks really slow and talks for a really long time (I think it’s an old person thing).
This can come into conflict when Moyer is breaking down Tim Lincecum’s pitching technique and frankly won’t shut up.
Either way, I’m pulling for you Jamie. I already hate 90% of the analysts, so hopefully you succeed, so my eyes and ears won’t bleed when watching ESPN.