Jamie Moyer, winningest pitcher in Seattle Mariners history, was selected to be the ninth entrant into the team’s Hall of Fame, the club announced Tuesday. He will be inducted during a ceremony at Safeco Field Aug. 8.
Moyer joins Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Lou Piniella. Club officials make the selections.
During his 11 seasons with the Mariners, Moyer had a record of 145-87 and 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 Opening Day starting pitcher in 2000, 2004-2006.
“The Mariners are proud to welcome Jamie Moyer to our franchise’s Hall of Fame,” said president Kevin Mather. “He was an outstanding representative of the Mariners both on and off the field, and will always be an important part of our history.”
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 three times named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America Seattle chapter (1998, 1999, 2003).
Jamie began his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth 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 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 rotation for a decade. 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 received numerous awards for his community service including the 2003 Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s top award for community service.
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.
Well deserved. Jaime was a positive influence both on and off the field for the club. Can’t wait to see the ceremony.