Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland retires from baseball

Ryan Westmoreland announced his retirement from professional baseball in an email to several members of the media on Wednesday.

“With a clear mind and heart, as well as the unwavering support and friendship of my family, friends, agent(s), doctors, therapists and the Boston Red Sox, I have decided to voluntarily retire as a professional baseball player,” Westmoreland wrote. “Although it is a very difficult decision for me, it has become clear that the neurological damage caused by the most recent cavernous malformation and surgery leaves me with physical challenges that make it impossible to play the game at such a high level.”

A former star at Portsmouth High School, the 22-year-old Westmoreland emerged one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization shortly after he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, signing a $2 million contract to forgo a commitment to Vanderbilt.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brain surgery, prospects, red sox, retirement, ryan westmoreland

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 06, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4382130)
Here's hoping you can live a long and healthy life Ryan. That in itself would be a victory.
   2. Textbook Editor Posted: March 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4382155)
Ditto.


   3. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4382159)
Gotta be heartbreaking. I hope those who support him now continue to do so.
   4. cooper7d7 Posted: March 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4382172)
So is it safe to drop him in my deep keeper?
   5. tfbg9 Posted: March 06, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4382177)
Sad. Be well kid.
   6. Misirlou's got a job, but it don't pay Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4382247)
A 5th round pick gets a 2 mil signing bonus?
   7. Publius Publicola Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4382253)
He was one of those guys who dropped because of sineability demands. He had 1st/2nd rd talent.
   8. Misirlou's got a job, but it don't pay Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:15 PM (#4382254)
OK. I'm glad the kid has some sort of nest egg. At least I hope he does.
   9. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4382258)
Jesus. There but for the grace of ... whatever ... go any of us.
   10. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: March 06, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4382276)
Too bad.
   11. UnclePab Posted: March 06, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4382344)
Here's hoping you can live a long and healthy life Ryan. That in itself would be a victory.

Absolutely. This is sad from a baseball perspective, but I completely agree with Jose's sentiment.
   12. Darren Posted: March 06, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4382438)
Why the heck is he retiring? ZIPS had him projected for like a 750 OPS, IIRC.

Seriously, sad story. I remember reading after the accident that the Red Sox were seriously considering getting Westmoreland to the Majors very quickly, something like 2010. I always wondered if that was revisionist.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Randy Jones
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog45 Ruth Pics from Library of Congress
(20 - 4:52am, May 23)
Last: Rob_Wood

NewsblogKeri: the History of the Eephus
(20 - 4:29am, May 23)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015
(1918 - 4:22am, May 23)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogRed Sox have quite a stockpile of talent in Greenville - Sports - The Boston Globe
(36 - 4:17am, May 23)
Last: Moses Taylor studied spirit biking in Giberia

NewsblogWhy Children Are Abandoning Baseball - WSJ
(48 - 3:45am, May 23)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogDodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2015 season
(7 - 3:40am, May 23)
Last: if nature called, ladodger34 would listen

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-22-15
(97 - 2:10am, May 23)
Last: Spahn Insane, D0ngwr@ngler

NewsblogAT&T Ad Showing First Woman In Major League Baseball Draws Strong Reactions
(248 - 1:52am, May 23)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogRemembering How Mike Trout's Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured
(14 - 1:13am, May 23)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogIs Bryce Harper D.C.’s most popular active athlete?
(57 - 12:22am, May 23)
Last: Hank G.

NewsblogHolding Separate Elections For Player and Non-Player Candidates Would Greatly Improve the Hall of Fame's Era Ballot Vote Process
(14 - 12:21am, May 23)
Last: Squash

NewsblogBBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!
(240 - 12:02am, May 23)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(1040 - 11:44pm, May 22)
Last: Textbook Editor

NewsblogAfter Harper's ejection, Span lifts Nats past Yankees 3-2
(68 - 11:14pm, May 22)
Last: Squash

NewsblogOTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull
(3691 - 11:11pm, May 22)
Last: Howie Menckel

Page rendered in 0.1945 seconds
48 querie(s) executed