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 was a Buddhist prodigy 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 was a Buddhist prodigy 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
Chicago Joe
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOrioles Do Something, Add Lottery Ticket in Travis Snider | FanGraphs Baseball
(24 - 3:20am, Jan 29)
Last: Dr. Vaux

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(3989 - 2:32am, Jan 29)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1575 - 2:00am, Jan 29)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(355 - 1:59am, Jan 29)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogRanking baseball's greatest dynasties - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
(120 - 1:45am, Jan 29)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogBring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven
(471 - 12:50am, Jan 29)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogHistory hurts Shields' chances at landing a big contract | FOX Sports
(26 - 12:45am, Jan 29)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogIN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean
(57 - 11:44pm, Jan 28)
Last: Roger McDowell spit on me!

NewsblogTime for hitters to counter defensive shifts | MLB.com
(3 - 11:14pm, Jan 28)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogProspect Watch: Top 10 third basemen | MLB.com
(12 - 11:01pm, Jan 28)
Last: Cabbage

NewsblogWhere will Moncada land among Major suitors? | MLB.com
(9 - 9:50pm, Jan 28)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogJudging the Royals: Should Yordano Ventura be the Royals’ opening day starter?
(1 - 9:05pm, Jan 28)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(457 - 9:02pm, Jan 28)
Last: Good cripple hitter

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-28-2015
(9 - 8:54pm, Jan 28)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogKen Rosenthal on Twitter: Nationals sign free-agent reliever Casey Janssen
(5 - 7:43pm, Jan 28)
Last: Bourbon Samurai

Page rendered in 0.1825 seconds
48 querie(s) executed