We are going to skip Kevin Millwood. He was a pretty good pitcher. He had a 16 year career, and a 169-152 records, with a 4.11 ERA.
He made 1 All-Star team. He got Cy Young votes twice, coming in third in voting in 1999.
Kevin played 6 seasons with the Braves, 2 with the Phillies, 1 with Cleveland, 4 with the Rangers, and finished his career with a season each with the Orioles, Rockies and Mariners. If his last seasons weren’t so crappy (14-31), he might have an case.
Jamie Moyer had a 25 season career. He finished with a 269-209 record (a lot more wins than I expected) and a 4.25 ERA.
He has the bulk numbers that voters like, and he had a pretty nice peak, 10 straight seasons where he only had one season under 185 innings and 2 under 200 innings. And in a stretch of 7 seasons in there, he had a 113-53 record with a 20 win and a 21 win season.
He only made 1 All-Star team and received Cy Young votes 3 teams, finishing 4th, 5th and 6th.
Playing 25 seasons, Jamie played for a lot of teams. 11 seasons for the Mariners, 5 for the Philles, 3 for the Cubs, 3 for the Orioles, 2 for the Rangers and 1 each for the Rockies, Cardinals and Red Sox.
If he ballot didn’t have so many great players on it, I could see making a case for Moyer. He’s 35th all-time in wins, 16th in games started, 40th in strikeouts and 40th in innings pitched (he’s also first all-time in homers allowed). I mean the guy pitched until he was 49 and was good for most of that time.
You can check out his career numbers here.
Similar Players: Moyer is almost unique in having so many innings close to average overall. The most similar “compilers” are Dennis Martinez, Frank Tanana, Charlie Hough, and Jack Morris.
Would you vote Jamie Moyer into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
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