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Friday, July 26, 2019

Tulowitzki, grateful to live ‘my dream,’ retires

BOSTON—New York Yankees infielder Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement Thursday in a statement released through the team.

“For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player ... to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans,” Tulowitzki said in the statement. “I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor.

“I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”

Tulowitzki, 34, played just five games this season—his first with the Yankees—before suffering a strained left calf April 3.

 

QLE Posted: July 26, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


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

 

 

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