After surrendering a home run to the Indians' Russell Branyan on Tuesday night, Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer has tied Robin Roberts' all-time record for most home runs allowed by a pitcher. Roberts, the Phillies great and Hall of Famer who passed away in early May, has sat atop the all-time list since 1957. He pitched nine more years after claiming the record, allowing 217 additional home runs to ultimately set the record at 505. The following is a look at the home runs Moyer has allowed. (Hat tip to Baseball-Reference's Home Run Log for much of the below.)
Now that he's about to do it, now that Jamie Moyer will soon set the alltime record for home runs allowed, let's give the man the credit he's due. Moyer, the Phillies' ancient 47-year-old lefty, enters Tuesday's start against the Indians in Philadelphia having allowed 504 home runs in his career, just one shy of the record held by another Philadelphia legend, Robin Roberts. Do you know what kind of career you have to have to give up that many home runs? The longevity it requires? Moyer has been working toward this record since 1986. Right below him on the list are Ferguson Jenkins (484), Phil Niekro (482) and Don Sutton (472). Nice rotation.
As a continuation of the Derek Jeter/hit record post, I thought it might be fun to spark a little conversation and make a few predictions about players and their magic numbers. I wrote in that Jeter post that I don't think Jeter will quite get to 3,500 hits.
A few years ago, I came home and found a message on the answering machine from someone who claimed to be Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame pitcher. The person was calling because he had read some of my work, and he liked it, and he happened to be in Kansas City to see his brother and he wanted to meet me at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum so he could tell me some baseball stories.
1) No, that wasn't vintage Big Unit in Washington for win No. 300. Randy Johnson won for only the seventh time in his career throwing 78 pitches or less and for only the sixth time out of 300 with two strikeouts or less. But determination is what paved the way for the 45-year-old Johnson to get to 300, becoming the second-oldest pitcher to get there and doing so with more wins in his 40s than in his 20s.
Three hundred victories is an iconic thing. I realize, of course, that victories is a generally lousy way to rank pitchers, but it is what it is. Pitcher who win 300 go to the Hall of Fame, no exceptions*. Pitchers who don't win 300 ... maybe they go to the Hall (Gibson, Roberts, Marichal, Drysdale, Hunter) and maybe they don't (Blyleven, John, Kaat, Tiant, Morris).
Video courtesy Good Morning AmericaLooking stunning in a red sequin Isaac Mizrahi gown, Robin Roberts owned the runway Thursday morning at the Isaac Mizrahi studio fashion show on ABC's Good Morning America.
Addressing a group of cancer survivors and activists at a fundraiser in Biloxi, Miss., on Wednesday, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts said "it was like the weight of the world was lifted" when she made her on-air disclosure about her diagnosis for breast cancer.