Friday, April 20, 2012
Moyer The Magnificent
On Sunday nights, on our radio show, we always have Kevin Wheeler on at 9:30 (mountain time...streamed on www.710knus.com). Kevin is our Turf Baseball Analyst out of KMOX radio in St. Louis. I love talking baseball with Wheeler and I like to push his buttons on Jamie Moyer. I'll say, "If Moyer gets to 300 wins, does he belong in the Hall of Fame?" That is sure to get Wheeler into his, "He's played 26 years and has had 260 or so wins. That's 10 wins a year...no he's not a Hall of Famer." And he goes on. Moyer this week was terrific in beating the Padres for his 268th career win (tied with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. No, I'm not putting Moyer in Palmer's class). He also became the oldest pitcher to ever win a big league game at 49 years, 150 days. On a side note, I wanted to go to the game at Coors Field. But I was tired and it is tough for me to go to weeknight games since I get up at 4 in the morning. Anyway, congrats to Moyer who went 7-innings that night and gave up 2 unearned runs. Back to the Hall of Fame argument. I don't think Moyer is a Hall of Famer. But if he can somehow get 32 more wins over the next 2 or 3 seasons and ends up with 300+ wins, then how do you feel about him getting elected? What if he ends up with 297. Does 3 wins make tha much of a difference? By the way, despite Wheeler talking about averaging 10 wins a year, Moyer has had big seasons. It's not as if he's just methodically plodded along to 268 victories. He's been a 20-game winner on two occasions and had a 10-year stretch, from 1995-2004 when he had a winning record each season. Again, I'm not saying that he's a Hall of Famer although you have to admire his longevity. That has to count for something. But, if he wins 300 games? Let the debate rage. I hope Moyer gets there. He's a credit to the game and I can't wait to hear what Wheeler would say if he got elected.