Jamie Moyer underwent three different surgeries this offseason and turned 47 in November, but he’s not yet thinking retirement. He spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andy Martino on Saturday:
“The way I look at it, why limit myself? If I would have limited myself
at 29, when I was released for the second or third time, I wouldn’t be
playing. That was what, 18 years ago? If I would have believed what they
said, you know, ‘take a coaching job, and if something comes up for you
with another job you can take it.’ If I would have followed that route,
I would have never known what these last 18 years would have brought
Moyer posted a respectable 4.94 ERA and 1.36 WHIP last season and clearly still has a deep love for the game. The Phillies obviously view him as a contributor, whether in the starting rotation or out of the bullpen, because they signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract extension one month after his 45th birthday.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.