With exactly one week to go until pitchers and catchers report we can also happily say that we are just 50 days away from the first pitch of the MLB regular season. As we have been doing, let’s look at the history of the number 50 for the Seattle Mariners and look back at the career of one of the most memorable and beloved Seattle sports figures Jamie Moyer.
Moyer arrived in Seattle via a trade with the Boston Red Sox at the age of 33. Little did Mariners fans know that Moyer’s best years were ahead of him, and no one could have predicted how great Jamie would be over the next 11 years in Seattle.
After a disappointing start to his career with the Cubs, Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles, and Red Sox, Moyer would go on to have a 3.97 ERA in 2,093 innings in Seattle and in 2015 he was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Jamie was a part of the late 90’s Mariners teams as well as the 2001 116 wins team when Moyer won 20 games and had a 3.43 ERA. He also started the inaugural game at Safeco Field in 1999 along with 3 Opening Day’s. When Moyer left Seattle in 2006 he left with the franchise lead in wins (145), innings pitched (2,093), starts (323), and quality starts (188).
Moyer would go on to pitch 5 more seasons in the MLB, winning a World Series with the Phillies in 2008, and finishing off his career in Colorado in 2012 at the amazing age of 49.
Of course, Moyer is also remembered in Seattle for his philanthropy and the Moyer Foundation. Jamie won the Roberto Clemente award in 2003, the MLB’s highest honor given to a player for their involvement in their community.