3. Jamie Moyer
Our third ranked pitcher of all-time for the Seattle Mariners is none other than the recently inducted Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame pitcher Jamie Moyer. Jamie was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1984 and would play for eight Major League teams in a big league career that spanned 25 years. Jamie spent 11 Hall of Fame worthy years with the Mariners.
At six feet tall and 170 pounds, Jamie Moyer wasn’t the most feared pitcher. His velocity was less than average for most of his career. He relied mostly on his control and mixing his pitches. Jamie gave up a lot of home runs over his career, but he was a savvy pitcher.
Jamie Moyer was a Mariners pitcher from 1996 to 2006. He won 145 games and lost 87. During that tenure he earned a 3.97 ERA with a 1.254 WHIP and a 2.36 strikeout to walk ratio. He also had a 4.38 FIP. He’s tallied 1239 strikeouts while only walking 524 in 2093 innings pitched. He earned a 34.6 in pitchers WAR. He pitched 20 complete games and 6 shutouts for the Mariners.
As you may imagine his career stats with the Mariners rank him pretty high on some all-time categories. Until just recently Jamie Moyer was first in starts, innings pitched, and wins. He currently ranks first in wins while being second in innings pitched and games started. He’s third in pitchers WAR and strikeouts. He’s fourth in win-loss percentage and WHIP. He’s fifth in strikeout to walk ratio and eighth in ERA. He’s sixth in shutouts and tenth in complete games. Jamie has also won more games in a single season than any other Mariners pitcher in history with 21. He achieved that in 2003 with a 21-7 record and an All-Star appearance as well.
The craziest fact is that Moyer pitched in Seattle from the age of 33 to 43. He had that much success at such an advanced age. Moyer didn’t stop there. He went on to win a World Series two years later at the age of 45 with the Phillies. He pitched until he was 49 years old. He then spent some time as a color commentator on Phillies broadcasts but decided to quit to spend more time with his kids.
One of the biggest contributions that Jamie Moyer, along with his wife Karen, has made is The Moyer Foundation. It’s a charity for children that has raised over $20 million since it’s inception in 2000.
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