WHEN JAMIE MOYER was traded to the Phillies late in 2006, the prevailing thought was that Philadelphia would be the last stop of a very good career. He was 43 at the time and had 211 career wins. Not too shabby for a sixth-round pick out of Saint Joseph’s, but certainly not Hall of Fame material.
But now, here we are almost 4 years later and every time Moyer takes another step up the list of all-time wins, the question intensifies: Is Cooperstown now on his itinerary?
Hall of Fame voting is done by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The Daily News reached out to some voters via e-mail on the subject of Moyer’s potential candidacy.
“Before the last couple of seasons, I would have said that Jamie Moyer isn’t a Hall of Fame pitcher,” said Mel Antonen, of USA Today. “I still don’t think he is, but I think he’s improved his standing, and I think that if he ever does retire, voters will have to take a longer look at him, simply because of the last couple of seasons.”
Moyer, 47, is at 267 wins, one behind Orioles great Jim Palmer. He passed Bob Gibson last year and Bob Feller this season. All of those pitchers are in the Hall of Fame.