Moyer Sets MLB Home Run Record, Throws 4,000 Innings
Jamie Moyer set a Major League record today, when he allowed the 506th home run of his career in the third inning at Citizens Bank Park.
Moyer allowed a two-run home run to Blue Jays centerfielder Vernon Wells. Robin Roberts, who had held the all-time home runs allowed record since he retired in 1966, moved to second place with 505.
A few Moyer home run facts:
- He allowed his first home run June 23, 1986, at Veterans Stadium against Phillies second baseman Juan Samuel. He allowed a home run to Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt in the same game, which was the second start of Moyer’s career.
- Moyer has allowed homers to 322 batters.
- He has allowed a homer in 42 ballparks.
- He has allowed seven grand slams and one inside-the-park homer.
- Manny Ramirez has hit 10 home runs against Moyer, more than any other player. Behind Ramirez are Carlos Delgado (eight), Bernie Williams (seven), Eric Chavez (six), Alex Rodriguez (six) and Frank Thomas (six).
- Joe Randa has 48 at-bats against Moyer without a home run. No player has more at-bats against Moyer without homering. Behind Randa are Roberto Alomar (47 at-bats), Adam Kennedy (42), Tony Fernandez (41), Mike Bordick (40) and Shannon Stewart (40).
- He has allowed 15 homers against the Phillies: Lance Parrish (four), Schmidt (two), Luis Aguayo (two), Lenny Dysktra (one), Ron Jones (one), Chris James (one), Von Hayes (one), John Russell (one), Rick Schu (one) and Samuel (one).
But Moyer also became just the 40th pitcher in baseball history to throw 4,000 innings. A pretty remarkable accomplishment. Moyer is pitching remarkably well these days. He is 6-4 with a 3.66 ERA in his last 10 starts, which includes two runs in seven innings today against Toronto. Remove Moyer’s June 11 start in Boston — nine runs in one inning, the worst start of his career — and Moyer has a 2.48 ERA since May 2.
Some people have kicked around the idea that Moyer could make the NL All-Star team. I don’t think he’s there yet, although he is tied for fourth in the National League with nine wins. Ubaldo Jimenez has 13. Mike Pelfrey and Adam Wainwright have 10. Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, Derek Lowe and Moyer have nine.
But Moyer ranks 33rd out of 55 pitchers in the NL with a 4.30 ERA. There are 13 pitchers with an ERA under 3.00. There are 34 pitchers with an ERA under 3.50. Wins are important, but ERA is a much better indicator of a pitcher’s overall performance. Wins are dependent on so many factors: run support, bullpen, etc. Halladay should have at least two or three more wins this season, but because of poor run support doesn’t. I think in “The Year of the Pitcher” that Moyer needs to get his ERA under 4.00 to get into serious consideration.