Monday, November 24, 2014
The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.
Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.
“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.
“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to myself, and more importantly to the team that was paying me a lot of money to perform at a high level, if there was a chance my dedication would waver—particularly as the season got longer. I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.’‘
Thursday, November 06, 2014
And, therefore, is not available.
Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball in a radio interview with Hector Gomez of Z101 in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs in more than 8,000 plate appearances. The Dominican native finished his career where it started—in the Bronx—and struggled through his worst offensive season since 2000 before being released in July.
“I’ve lost the love and passion to play the game,” Soriano said during the radio interview (via the Associated Press). “Right now, my family is the most important thing.”
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The prickly right-handed pitcher is walking away from baseball, as he announced his retirement Tuesday night after the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series.
Monday, October 06, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
The Ham is no longer Willing.
Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.
However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.
Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.
“I haven’t made a decision yet and don’t know what I’m going to do,” Willingham wrote.
Slowed by a groin injury that has limited him to two starts since Sept. 11, Willingham is closing in on the first postseason appearance in his 11-year career.
Only seven active players have more career games than Willingham (1,146) without a postseason appearance.
Closing out a three-year, $21 million contract signed with the Twins after the 2011 season, Willingham was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 11 after the Royals claimed him on waivers. The Twins received Double-A right-hander Jason Adam in the deal, which saw the Royals pick up the remaining $1.836 million of the $7 million Willingham is owed this season.
A right-handed power hitter, Willingham hit 35 homers and drove in 110 runs in his 2012 Twins debut. Only Harmon Killebrew (eight times) has exceeded that homer total in Twins history.
Willingham was unable to follow that up due to nagging injuries to his knee (2013) and wrist (2014). He had a combined on-base/slugging percentage of .761 in 23 games (83 plate appearances) with the Royals.
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