The Ancient One” Makes Rockies’ Rotation

Just think, if you’re younger than 25, you’ve never lived in a world where Jamie Moyer wasn’t pitch­ing in the big leagues.

Jamie Moyer, at 49 years old, has made it back in the big leagues.

Moyer earned a spot in the Col­orado Rock­ies’ rota­tion and will start the team’s sec­ond game of the season.

It is still Jamie Moyer. It’s the Jamie Moyer that was pitch­ing prior to the arm injury that cost him the entire 2011 sea­son. It’s the same guy,” Rock­ies man­ager Jim Tracy said Fri­day before the team’s spring train­ing game against the Texas Rangers at Salt River Fields.

It’s the same worker. It’s the same pro­fes­sional. It’s the same stuff, same veloc­ity, same pitches. When he’s right, same type of effec­tive­ness. You’re going to ven­ture into this.”

Moyer, enter­ing his 25th major league sea­son, posted a 2.77 ERA this spring and beat out 22-year-old Tyler Chat­wood and 28-year-old Guillermo Moscoso for a rota­tion spot.

I was excited. I’m happy. I’m hon­ored,” Moyer said. “But in the end, like Jim said, ‘You earned it.’ That was my goal com­ing here.”

Moyer will start April 7 against the Hous­ton Astros. He can become the old­est pitcher in major league his­tory to earn a victory.

The last player to play in the majors at 49 was infielder Julio Franco, who fin­ished out the sea­son with the Braves in 2007 after turn­ing 49 in August.

Moyer will turn 50 in November.

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