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Sunday, October 13, 2019

David Freese, 2011 World Series MVP with Cardinals, retires after 11 seasons

David Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals, has retired after 11 major league seasons.

Freese, 36, announced his retirement in a tweet Saturday, saying he will “never stop thinking about the days I got to be around such wonderful people playing the game.”

Freese spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates, but he will be best known for his postseason heroics in St. Louis, where he started his major league career in 2009 and played five seasons.

He was a career .277 hitter and even better in the postseason, with a .299 average.

Oddly figures, given how much we’ve been throwing his name around in the last week or so.

 

QLE Posted: October 13, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: david freese, retirements

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Atlanta Braves’ Brian McCann to retire after 15-year career

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said Wednesday that he is retiring after 15 major league seasons.

McCann, 35, revealed his plans after Atlanta’s 13-1 loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

“This is it for me,” he told reporters in the locker room, saying he made the decision about a month and a half ago. “I’m going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids.”

The Georgia native began his career with nine seasons with the Braves and was named an All-Star seven times before moving to the New York Yankees in 2014. He won the World Series in 2017 after a trade to the Houston Astros.

What, no tour across the entire league?

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brian mccann, retirements

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Boston Red Sox’s Steve Pearce considering retirement

BOSTON—Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce is contemplating retirement after 13 seasons, he said Saturday.

Pearce, the reigning World Series MVP, has been limited to just 29 games this season due to injuries. After spending the weekend with the team in Boston, he will head home to Florida and spend time with his family as he assesses his future over the winter.

If this is the end for Pearce, he’ll walk away with no regrets.

“I’ve accomplished a lot,” Pearce said. “I’m 36. I’ll be 37 next year. I’ve grinded my whole career and I can lay my head down at night knowing I gave everything I had. We’ll see what the future holds.”

Kind of the story of the Red Sox this season in a nutshell, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: retirements, steve pearce

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Marty Brennaman on final game: ‘Hardest day of my life’

CINCINNATI (AP) — A few hours before the start of his final series as a Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Marty Brennaman was pausing to collect himself at the thought of a final out now clearly in sight.

“Here I go,” he said, forcing a smile that brushed back emotions.

The 77-year-old broadcaster known for his pull-no-punch descriptions and his “this one belongs to the Reds” sign-off settled in Tuesday for his last three days in the booth. After 46 years, Brennaman is retiring — and no, he won’t be coming back to the microphone again. A series against the playoff-contending Brewers will provide a truly final out.

“Thursday will be the hardest day of my life, I think,” Brennaman said, referring to the series finale. “I think that will be a tough one.”

 

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, marty brennaman, retirements

Monday, September 23, 2019

Ned Yost, manager of Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team, will retire

Ned Yost, the Royals’ career leader in managerial victories who guided the franchise to the 2015 World Series championship, will retire after the 2019 season ends Sunday.

The Royals announced Yost’s retirement on Monday morning, the day after the team hit the 100-loss mark for the second straight season. He was the first Royals manager to lead the franchise to back-to-back American League pennants and finishes with a 22-9 postseason record.

“With the development of our young players and our returning veterans, I feel and hope the worst is behind us in this rebuilding phase of our organization,” Yost said in a release. “My plan all along was to get us through the rough times then turn it over to a new manager to bring us the rest of the way.

Zach Posted: September 23, 2019 at 01:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ned yost, retirements, royals

CC Sabathia sheds tears as family reads tributes

CC Sabathia wiped tears with his hands and the top of his size 56 jersey. Honored at Yankee Stadium ahead of his retirement at season’s end, his sentimental side emerged as his wife, mother and children read tributes during a video displayed on the center field scoreboard.

“This is the first time I got emotional,” Sabathia said after the New York Yankees’ regular season home finale Sunday against Toronto.

True to his nature, the 39-year-old left-hander thanked the training and clubhouse staff by name. He watched retirement ceremonies for Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, but this was different.

“It’s kind of surreal,” he said. “To have a day for myself feels weird.”

 

QLE Posted: September 23, 2019 at 12:59 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, retirements

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

‘Homeless Minor Leaguer’ Ty Kelly Retires and Jokingly Jabs Andrew Luck for Stealing His Thunder

It looks like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck wasn’t the only big name to walk away from their game last night.


Utility player Ty Kelly, who bounced around the MLB for parts of three seasons, announced that he would retire after his brief pro career


Wednesday, June 19, 2019


 

 

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