Jamie Moyer will throw out tonight’s first pitch, though it won’t be in an official uniform as the Mariners prepare to play the Houston Astros in their home opener.
Moyer is serving in ceremonial capacity only, having been let go by the Colorado Rockies last June and then failing to catch on after playing Class AAA ball with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Now he’s spending a lot of time at home in Florida and enjoying it.
“I haven’t closed that door yet,” Moyer said. “I don’t know when I would make a decision. I really haven’t put a lot of thought into it. I’m enjoying my time at home at this point. I’ve got a college senior playing baseball. A college freshman starting at Pepperdine, playing baseball. By the way, they beat U-Dub two out of three this weekend and he had the game-winning hit on Saturday in extra innings. I’m a proud dad, I was there to see it.
“I’ve got a daughter graduating from high school, going to college. Another daughter that’s going to be a junior next year. And then I have two fourth graders and two first graders. So, I’m enjoying my time. And I’ve got a garden growing. I’ve got lettuce I’m eating now and micro-gardens. I’m excited about that. I’ve got some fruit trees going in. I’ve got a puppy. So, I’m doing some things I haven’t done in a long time.”
“But I haven’t discounted potentially maybe trying to come back but I don’t forsee it happening this year.”
Moyer was reminded by a reporter that he has the type of arm that could help him seemingly pitch “forever” if he wanted to. He turned 50 last November and would become the first big leaguer to pitch at that age.
“I don’t know about forever,” Moyer said. “If I did it, it would be in a respectful way. It’s not a dog and pony show and I said the same thing last year when I was with Colorado. I’m not doing it for publicity. It’s because I wanted to try to play and because I think I can play. And that’s what I’m trying to figure out right now. If that’s the appropriate way to go or not.”
I asked Moyer whether he had been working out his arm with any type of throwing regimen.
“No,” he said. “I’ve just kind of let my body kind of amp itself down. I’ve played a little bit of golf. Not a lot. A little bit. And I’m just enjying my time at home.”
That can cause problems for some folks doing ceremonial first pitches. Even Mike Blowers bounced one to the plate during spring training and he’s a former third baseman in the majors.
“That’s a possibility,” Moyer said. “That’s a possibility. It’s not like I’ve been practising.”
As to whether he’d sign one of those one-day contracts and retire as a Mariner, Moyer again said he hasn’t really given the idea much thought and would only do so once he’s sure he’ll retire.