Jamie Moyer Signs Off
By Matt Veasey
The Phillies and Comcast SportsNet released a joint statement on Friday, letting fans know that 2014 Phillies television commentator, former pitcher, and area native son Jamie Moyer would not be returning to the broadcast booth next year.
The text of the statement included this closing: “Everyone at Comcast SportsNet and the Phillies thank Jamie for sharing his baseball expertise with our fans this season. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
Moyer was born in Sellersville, PA, about 25 miles north of Philadelphia. He attended Souderton Area High School, and then starred at Saint Joseph’s University. In 1984, Moyer set the Hawks school records for Wins, ERA, and Strikeouts. He has been inducted into the Saint Joe’s Baseball Hall of Fame and his jersey #10 was retired by the school.
Moyer was selected by the Chicago Cubs with their 6th round pick in the 1984 Draft, and was called up to the Major Leagues in 1986. Over a career that spanned parts of 25 seasons, Moyer fashioned a 226-214 record in over 4,000 innings pitched. He was an AL All-Star in 2003 with the Seattle Mariners, and 3x finished among the top 6 in AL Cy Young Award voting.
In August of 2006 at age 43, Moyer was traded to his hometown Philadelphia Phillies. Here he would go 56-40 over five seasons, including 16-7 as an integral part of the Fightin’ Phils 2008 World Series championship team. At age 48, Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2011 season. But he fought back to pitch one final year with Colorado in 2012.
After retirement, Moyer poured himself into work with his charitable entity, The Moyer Foundation, which helps children. He and wife Karen put much work into the fundraising and other events surrounding the work of the charity, and he is expected to use his time now both in working with TMF, as well as enjoying his family life. He and Karen have 8 children.
Moyer joined fellow former ’08 World Series hero Matt Stairs as broadcast booth rookies for the 2014 season. His performance as a color analyst graded out as uneven. But he was genuine and likeable, and it was widely felt that he could excel at the role if given a chance to grow and work with a strong play-by-play man. Now, Moyer will take those communication talents into the private sector and his personal life.
Part of the announcement included a statement from Moyer, which read in part as follows: “I thank Comcast SportsNet, the Phillies and, of course, the fans for letting me share my insights into the team this past season and wish the team success in the coming years.”
We here at TBOH wish Jamie Moyer all the best of health and happiness. He will always be remembered as a hometown guy who came back to make good, and especially fondly for that key role he played in helping bring a world championship back to Philadelphia. You can follow Jamie on Twitter @jmo50Moyer, and the work of The Moyer Foundation @moyerfoundation.