Chat with Phillies P Jamie Moyer
Philadelphia is Moyer's seventh team in his 22-year baseball career. The 2008 season was his third with the Phillies. He finished with a record of 16-7, the fourth most wins in his career. He has a career record of 246-185, with his win total ranking fifth among active pitchers and 48th all-time.
The World Series win last year was the first of Moyer's career. He was also a part of the 2001 Seattle Mariners team that set an American League record with 116 wins. That year Moyer finished 20-6 and was fourth in the AL Cy Young voting.
In addition to his baseball career, Moyer also does a lot of work through his charity, The Moyer Foundation. The foundation helps support Camp Erin, a bereavement camp designed for children ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, friend or loved one. The Moyer Foundation partners with local hospice and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps exist.
Send in your questions now and join Moyer at 11:15 a.m. ET on Friday!
Buzzmaster (11:04 AM)
Jamie Moyer will be with us at 11:15 a.m. ET to chat!
Buzzmaster (11:17 AM)
We've got Jamie!
Jamie Moyer (11:19 AM)
Hi, good morning, happy new year! Welcome to ESPN.com chat, and I appreciate your questions. Hopefully you all enjoy the 2009 MLB season. Go Phils!
Gustav von Olney (Phila., PA)
Mr. Moyer; How has the 2008 championship season effected you? What does it mean to your career in baseball?
Jamie Moyer (11:20 AM)
The 2008 season has affected me, when I realized I was very fortunate in being a part of history. It was an awesome feeling and an awesome feat to be involved with. I was very honored to do it in Philadelphia, my hometown. It hasn't really changed me one bit. To reach the pinnacle has been fantastic,
Jon York, PA
Jamie, How has the game of baseball changed since the start of your career?
Jamie Moyer (11:22 AM)
The ballparks have gotten smaller. The implementation of QuesTec has changed the strikezone. TV has changed the game greatly. You're really under a microscope. A lot of fundamentals have been lost in the game. It's based more on power, home runs, and big innings. Focusing on defense and pitching, to me, is what wins baseball games.
Jamie, what kind of work are you doing with your foundation during the offseason?
Jamie Moyer (11:23 AM)
As a foundation, we continue to cultivate interest in the efforts of trying to help children in distress. We're also trying to educate the Seattle community and the country about bereavement camps, and as of this summer, we will have 28 camps in 18 cities. We are proud of that, but we have not reached our goal of having a camp in every major league city. I would love to give back to every city I've played in. It's a chance to help kids who have lost a loved one. You can check out our website at moyerfoundation.org. I appreciate your interest!
John (Niceville, FL)
Best prank you've seen pulled in the majors?
Jamie Moyer (11:26 AM)
In Cincinnati, the clubhouse guy used to have what everybody thought was a muskrat or an animal in a cage. He was calling it a mongoose. Guys would tap the cage to see if it was really alive. After batting practice, guys were mimicing him to feed this mongoose. We finally got Shawn Dunston to the cage, and someone pushed a button, and a big fluffy animal tail popped out. It flew onto Dunston's chest, and he ran away hollering like it was attacking him. It was an interesting attempt to scare somebody, and they did a great job of it.
Jamie, I'm the same age you are. I'd like to know how you can still be ready to pitch every 5th day? Is it Advil, conditioning, good genes, or a combinationof them?
Jamie Moyer (11:27 AM)
I will definitely say it's good genes. Work ethic is important. I enjoy the competition. I feel very accountable, as a pro athlete, to bring something to my team and contribute on a daily basis, whether I'm pitching or not pitching. I've dedicated myself to the game of baseball, and it's the game I love.
Michael (New York)
Non-snarky question from Mets fan (who knew?): Who has been the toughest hitter you faced outside of Barry Bonds?
Jamie Moyer (11:29 AM)
J.T. Snow. I used to kid him about it. I saw him about two weeks ago and asked if he still claimed me on his taxes. Bernie Williams was a tough out. Believe it or not, Renee Gonzales, I could never get him out.
Josh, Marlton, NJ
Jamie, can you see yourself being involved in baseball after you've thrown your last pitch? I for one would love to keep seeing you in Philadelphia. Thanks for everything.
Jamie Moyer (11:30 AM)
The potential is there to stay in the game, but I do have seven children, and I would like to watch them grow up. I love giving back to the game, to my teammates, and at this point, I'll keep all my options open and see what falls in front of it.
Jamie Moyer (11:30 AM)
Thanks for all your questions, I appreciate your time, and enjoy the 2009 major league season!