Jamie Moyer Joins Mariners Hall of Fame
The winningest pitcher in Seattle Mariners history has been selected as the ninth member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Jamie Moyer will be formally inducted during a ceremony at Safeco Field before the Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game on Saturday, August 8. He is the second pitcher so honored by the Mariners, joining another left-hander – Randy Johnson.
During his 11 seasons with the Mariners, Moyer compiled a record of 145-87. He leads the franchise in wins and innings pitched (2,093), starts (323), and quality starts (188), and is third in strikeouts (1,239). Moyer was the Mariners Opening Day starting pitcher in 2000, 2004-2006. He also started the Inaugural Game at Safeco Field on July 15, 1999, with a called strike.
Moyer is the only Mariners pitcher to have won 20 games more than once going 20-6 in 2001 and 21-7 in 2003. He was an All-Star in 2003 and was four times named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America Seattle Chapter (1998, 1999, 2001-co, 2003).
Mariners President Kevin Mather said, “The Seattle Mariners are proud to welcome Jamie Moyer to our franchise’s Hall of Fame. He was an outstanding representative of the Mariners both on and off the field, and will always be an important part of our history.”
Jamie began his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 draft. He made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986 with a win over Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies. Over a 25-year Major League career, Moyer played for the Cubs (1986-1988), Texas Rangers (1989-1990), St. Louis Cardinals (1991), Baltimore Orioles (1993-1995), Boston Red Sox (1996), Mariners (1996-2006), Phillies (2006-2010) and Colorado Rockies (2012 at the age of 49). With 269 career victories, Moyer ranks 35th in baseball history.
Moyer was acquired by the Mariners in a trade deadline deal that sent Darren Bragg to the Red Sox on July 30, 1996. He became a fixture in the Mariners rotation for a decade and his career blossomed. A durable, wily left-hander, Moyer relied on control and kept hitters off-balance by mixing off-speed and breaking pitches with a fastball that hovered in the low-80s.
Moyer has received numerous awards for his community service. In 2003, Jamie received the Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s top award for community service. He was also recognized for his “character and integrity” with the Hutch Award (2003), Lou Gehrig Award (2003) and Branch Rickey Award (2004). In 2000, Jamie and his wife Karen established The Moyer Foundation with the mission to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. The Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support hundreds of organizations providing direct services to children in need. The Foundation created Camp Erin, the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens including a location in every Major League Baseball city, and Camp Mariposa, a free first-of-its-kind camp serving children affected by addiction in their families.
Moyer joins the eight current members of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Lou Piniella.
The Hall of Fame was created to honor the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise. To be eligible for selection, a player must have been active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons and be retired as a player at least two years. In addition to a player’s impact on the field, other considerations for possible induction include his positive impact on the Northwest community outside of baseball and a player’s positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners and/or Major League Baseball.