Eight years are missing from Peter Moylan's baseball timeline, from 1998 through 2005, as if he'd been exiled, suspended or protected by the feds. Actually he was on the RLL. The Real Life List. He came from Australia to pitch two years in the Twins' system. He never got out of Rookie League. Release, by the Twins, brought relief. Moylan went home and began unclogging swimming pools, installing windows, working in pest control, selling upholstery fabric, selling security systems, playing ball on the weekends, never even taking a peek across the Pacific. "Nobody gets a second chance," Moylan said Tuesday. "And that was fine. I said the game wasn't for me. I wasn't committed to it. I got out of it what I put into it. Not very much. I thought, well, I made it now, I signed. I was 17." Eventually Moylan became a pharmaceutical salesman, traveling to Taiwan and Hong Kong, doing well. And he was managing and playing first base for the Blackburn Orioles, a weekend club, with a cooler nearby. Then came Part 2, as if a spacecraft had whisked Moylan out of Oz and back to destiny. He comes to Dodgers' camp as one of several bullpen candidates, but he brings with him a 2.59 ERA with 295 appearances for Atlanta, along with rehab time from a torn rotator cuff and a bad elbow. "They weren't exactly ingrown eyebrows," Moylan said, smiling as he often does. "I had back problems, too. Two of the injuries were traumatic. The other was just from getting old."
Dodgers' Moylan fills in blanks
Orange County Register | Feb 20