Saturday, August 8, 2015

Jamie Moyer LHP - Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

In the summer of 2015, fan favorite Jamie Moyer was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.

Moyer was the Mariner franchise's all-time leader in starts, wins and IP.
He went 145–87 with an ERA of 3.97 over eleven seasons with the M's.
source: wikipedia.org
Inspiring Young Pitchers

Jamie Moyer inspired many young kids to play ball and try pitching, regardless of their talent. He was very generous and involved in the community. For several years, he sponsored the Magnolia Baseball Club, in Seattle, to encourage youth to continue playing beyond Little League.

Young lefties aspired to throw like Jamie Moyer.

Players wore their Moyer #50 jersey to practice.

Jamie Moyer even inspired natural righty Henry Knight of Seattle to start throwing left-handed when he was nine.

Switch pitcher Henry Knight


A few years later, Moyer watched Henry Knight taking grounders at shortstop during a select team tryout. After the infield workout, Knight switched gloves and took the mound as a left-handed pitcher.

Moyer noticed - "Wait, weren't you just fielding right-handed?" Knight nodded, and smiled.

After locating 10 pitches as a lefty, Knight switched to the other side – zinging strikes right-handed. Moyer was smiling and shaking his head, then said ...

   "I'm blown away."

At the end of the tryout, Moyer had a nice conversation with Knight and encouraged him to keep throwing with both arms.  He shared his famous changeup grip and gave tips on locating pitches and changing speeds.  #ThanksJamie

Henry Knight went on to switch pitch on varsity as a freshman and made aggressive hitters look silly swinging at his nasty changeup. He posted a 12:1 strike-out-to-walk ratio in high school.



Hall of Fame Stats

Moyer is well known for his longevity, having pitched until age 49. He retired with 269 wins and a career 4.25 ERA (103 ERA+) while suiting up for eight teams. (cbssports.com)

He tried to sum up his 31 years in professional baseball, including 696 big-league games and a career 269-209 record. (Seattle Times)

“My career is about three things,” Moyer said. “Making the most of whatever talents you have, ignoring skeptics and finding the right people in your life. I’ve never had Randy’s 100 mph fastball. Heck, I barely had an 80 mph fastball. I had to learn other ways to compete. I had to find other ways to win. It made me a better pitcher and in the end, it made me the person that I am.”

Tears, cheers welcome Jamie Moyer into Mariners Hall of Fame - The Seattle Times


WATCH: Jamie Moyer inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame

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