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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Beltré missing baseball less than he thought after 21 years

DALLAS (AP) — Adrián Beltré was afraid of how he was going to feel after announcing his retirement last November, a decision the former third baseman had pretty much reached privately a few months earlier during the season.

While at peace after 21 MLB seasons and 3,166 hits, Beltré still wasn’t sure what to expect when the Texas Rangers went to spring training, or when they opened this season without him.

“I thought I was going to miss it more, but I’m good,” Beltre said Wednesday. “So far it’s been good, so hopefully stays that way.”

Beltre’s appearance at the SMU Athletic Forum came about 3½ weeks before he will be back in Texas when the Rangers retire his No. 29 jersey on June 8.

There’s something to be said about being willing to completely quit something when the time has come.

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, retirement

Saturday, May 11, 2019

James Loney retires

James Loney has announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 35. Loney had been playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

Loney’s best full season probably came in 2011 when he hit .288/.339/.416 with 12 homers for the Dodgers. In his first two years in the bigs — partial seasons in 2006 and 2007 — he broke out with a line of .321/.372/.543 with 19 homers and 85 RBI in 144 games.  He would never match that initial promise, but he was a fixture at first base for L.A. for the following four seasons.

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: james loney, retirement

Monday, May 06, 2019

Report: Jake Peavy retires

Right-hander Jake Peavy has retired from Major League Baseball, per recent reports from Scott Miller of Bleacher Report and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Peavy told Miller that he has abandoned any comeback plans in 2019, though it looks like he still intends to be involved in baseball at some point.

It’s been nearly three years since the 37-year-old righty made any kind of official appearance in the majors. After getting his start with the Padres in 2002, he played multi-season gigs with the White Sox, Red Sox, and Giants, compiling a cumulative 3.63 ERA, 2,207 strikeouts, and 44.1 fWAR across 15 years in the league. His most memorable performance came during the Padres’ 2007 campaign, when he commanded a 19-6 record with a league-best 2.54 ERA, 240 strikeouts, and a 2.84 FIP through 223 1/3 innings — numbers so crisp that they merited a second career All-Star nomination, seventh place in NL MVP voting, and Peavy’s first and only NL Cy Young Award.

Mind you, with the free agent market being what it has lately, this really isn’t any sort of surprise….

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jake peavy, retirement

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Veteran RHP Hammel retires after 13 seasons

Veteran right-hander Jason Hammel is retiring even though he had been told by the Texas Rangers that he had made the team.

The Rangers announced Hammel’s decision on Saturday, a day after the 36-year-old pitcher was informed he would be on the 25-man roster as a long reliever. He had gone to spring training on a minor league deal.

Some jokes just write themselves….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jason hammel, rangers, retirement

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB ’19: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone

Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen’s voice crackled from the transistor.

“When I thought ‘baseball,’ I thought about Mel Allen,” said Blass, now a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer. “When I thought ‘Mel Allen,’ I thought about baseball.”

More than in any other sport, baseball broadcasters become an inseparable part of the game they describe. Their voices are the backdrop to all those warm summer nights. Their distinctive calls are part of the game’s lore. Fans visualize the action through their stories and descriptions.

A consideration of baseball announcing at a moment of transition.

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: announcing, retirement, steve blass

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bobby Knoop retires from Angels after 53 years in baseball

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Angels player and coach Bobby Knoop has announced his retirement after 53 years in baseball.

Los Angeles shared the news in a release Tuesday.

The 80-year-old Knoop was one of the Angels’ first recognizable figures, earning the club’s MVP award four times in its inaugural decade. The second baseman played for the Angels from 1964-69, making an All-Star team and winning three Gold Glove Awards as part of a double-play duo with Jim Fregosi.

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby knoop, retirement

Peter Moylan retires from Major League Baseball

David O’Brien of The Athletic reports that reliever Peter Moylan is retiring from Major League Baseball. The 40-year-old side-arming right-hander still plans to play baseball in Italy this summer and for the Australian Olympic team.

Moylan had been hoping to get a major league contract offer this winter, but he unfortunately did not. He spoke with me last month about the issues free agents are dealing with, saying that he faced “anxiety and uncertainty, especially at my age.” He added, “I know I can still pitch but that doesn’t guarantee you a job.”

In other words, retirement is being used here in a euphemistic way.

 

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: peter moylan, retirement

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Doug Fister retires

The agent of pitcher Doug Fister, Page Odle, told MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that his client is retiring. Odle said, “”He’s been contemplating this for a couple months. The main reason is that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. This is 100 percent family driven. He’s really excited about being a dad and husband. He’s very much a family-oriented guy.”

 

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, retirement

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Pirates great Steve Blass to stop broadcasting after 2019 season

A journalistic cardinal sin was committed and pardoned on Tuesday. No cheering in the press box is a rule that’s typically never broken. Unless its Pirates color commentator and 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass telling a packed press conference room that his 34th season will be last behind the mic.

“It’s time for me to stop and smell the roses. I’ve driven by the roses many times over the last 60 years, but now it’s time to stop and smell them,” Blass said. “It’s been a wonderful run. My wife, Karen, and I decided that it was time for me to slow down. I’m going to do the whole season, [then] I’ll be in a reduced role as an ambassador with the organization.”

Blass regaled a large contingent of media members and friends with a riveting speech that went a little over 30 minutes. After he was done, Blass received one of several rousing ovations during the day.

QLE Posted: January 16, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, pirates, retirement, steve blass

Friday, January 11, 2019

Report: Will Middlebrooks to retire

Somewhere, some Red Sox fan is wondering what could have been….

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, retirement, will middlebrooks

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Report: Jaime García to retire

Pondering what it means when people younger than me are described as retiring….

QLE Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jaime garcia, retirement

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Miguel Montero goes from catching to repping in new career as player agent

Miguel Montero remembers driving a hard bargain. He knew what it would take to get a deal done. He did not budge until his demands were met.

When Montero essentially negotiated his own contract extension with the Diamondbacks more than six years ago, he hardly could have known the experience would prepare him for what would come after he was finished playing.

Montero’s playing days are over, for all intents and purposes; he calls himself “pretty much retired.” His days as a baseball agent are just beginning.

 

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: agent, miguel montero, retirement

Saturday, December 01, 2018

For one final time, Adrian Beltre stayed true to himself in his goodbye to the Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON - Retirement press conferences are the worst.

They are stilted and manufactured and, these days, often feature a player who already retired signing a meaningless one-day contract to retire all over again. The retiree usually reads something prepared that sounds nothing like himself. At some point, there is a pause during which the athlete either chokes up or breaks down.

When questions come, they are often tinged with pity for a broken-down player trying to place his just-ended career in context.

A great player says goodbye in his own sweet way.

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers, retirement

 

 

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