Jamie Questions

After playing three road games at home, the Phillies left for a seven-game road trip after Sunday’s game.  Double-talk?  No, in case you missed it, the Blue Jays games were switched to Citizens Bank Park over the weekend because of the G20 Summit in Toronto. 

When Phillies players came to the park yesterday morning, they dropped their personal luggage at the entrance to the parking plaza, a routine for all road trips.  Then, after the game, the players’ game gear is loaded on the same truck that takes it to the airport and a Delta charter flight to Cincinnati.

While the schedule had the Phillies in Toronto, they got to spend three more days at home, winning two, which is the most important item.

Questions on Jamie
#1, at 9-6, is he an All-Star pitcher? 

He was selected to the A. L. team in 2003, the lone year in which he has been an All-Star.  Charlie is managing the N. L. team again and could select Jamie, who really deserves to go on his own merit.

#2, is he a Hall of Famer?

He just passed Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey in career wins and they are both in Cooperstown.  Next on the list is Jim Palmer and he’s a Hall of Famer.

4,000 innings, more than 100 wins after 40 years of age, the oldest pitcher to hurl a complete game shutout…that’s Hall of Fame stuff.

Notes
**Former Phillie Cookie Rojas, now a Spanish broadcaster for Marlins home games, will manage the World Team in the July 11 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

**Lehigh Valley pitching coach Rod Nichols will be the pitching coach for the U. S. Team that includes OF Domonic Brown and RHP Jarred Cosart.  Game will be on ESPN at 6 p.m. (EDT).

1 Comment

“#2, is he a Hall of Famer?
He just passed Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey in career wins and they are both in Cooperstown. Next on the list is Jim Palmer and he’s a Hall of Famer.”

At least the Palmer comparison is a little valid. How do you compare pitchers who pitched against 7 other teams during their careers with a pitcher who’s pitched against the comparatively thinly spread talent of today’s leagues. A pitcher, like Moyer, who has pitched for a long time against both leagues (Rixey and Feller both pitched in only one league against the same seven teams over and over for their careers) and against inter-league opponents has a distinct advantage. Jamie Moyer is a wonderful physical freak who would add well to any team’s rotation even at his current age but if he gets HoF consideration it will be borderline. HoF voters reward dominance over longevity every time.

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