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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: jason hammel, rangers, retirement

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   1. Ziggy's screen name Posted: March 24, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5824938)
The best thing that I can think to say about Jason Hammel is this:

Jason Hammel played major league baseball.

Which, come to think of it, is pretty damn high praise.
   2. Spahn Insane Posted: March 24, 2019 at 01:04 PM (#5824940)
Hammel was the fifth starter on the 2016 Cubs (and damn good as fifth starters go), and his 2-out RBI single with the Cubs trailing 2-0 that preceded Baez's bomb off Lackey in the 2015 LDS clincher was an important if underappreciated moment in recent Cub history. He's OK by me.

If Cub history were "A Christmas Story," that Baez homer was Ralphie getting off the deck and pummeling longtime tormenter Scott Farkus.
   3. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:14 PM (#5824945)
Yeah, he was best with the Cubs both times.
   4. Davo cant be eatin thirty hot dogs every day Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5824950)
Hammel gave up one of the most important hits in Royals history. So he's cool by me too!
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2019 at 02:54 PM (#5824956)
The Rangers roster includes Jeff Mathis, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Logan Forsythe, Hunter Pence, Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Edinson Vólquez, Drew Smyly, and was to include Hammel if he didn't retire. Pretty good team if it was 2013.
   6. puck Posted: March 24, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5824963)
Hammel looked damn good for about 2 months out of each season.

298 MLB starts, that's not bad.
   7. Master of the Horse Posted: March 24, 2019 at 05:31 PM (#5824968)
I totally do not get the phrase in the article intro. What is the joke about a guy doing something amazing with his life and having to say goodbye??
   8. Banta Posted: March 24, 2019 at 05:38 PM (#5824970)
I think the joke is about the state of the Rangers and that a guy who had made the team would rather retire.

That's nothing though... No one retired in like the fifth inning and being a Buffalo Bills fan, that's my new standard for embarrassment.
   9. Traderdave Posted: March 24, 2019 at 06:16 PM (#5824972)
First prize is one month on the Rangers' roster.

Second prize is two months.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 24, 2019 at 11:24 PM (#5825018)
John Kruk retired in the middle of a game. He got a hit in the first inning that brought his lifetime average above .300, and then retired.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: March 24, 2019 at 11:43 PM (#5825019)
Ichiro just retired - again - because he wanted to.
   12. DanG Posted: March 25, 2019 at 08:23 AM (#5825034)
Fewest CG, minimum 270 GS.

Player            CG  GS  WAR ERA+   W   L     IP From   To
Ian Kennedy        2 289 14.4   97  94 101 1704.0 2007 2018
Jason Hammel       2 298 12.8   93  96 114 1810.1 2006 2018
Scott Kazmir       3 297 23.2  104 108  96 1689.2 2004 2016
Francisco Liriano  3 300 17.2   98 107 111 1743.2 2005 2018
Kirk Rueter        4 336 16.0   97 130  92 1918.0 1993 2005
Brad Penny         4 319 18.9   99 121 101 1925.0 2000 2014
Gio Gonzalez       4 307 28.7  111 127  97 1814.0 2008 2018
Yovani Gallardo    4 307 19.0  101 121 101 1816.2 2007 2018 

Hammell's retirement leaves Liriano holding the record for fewest CG with 300+ GS. KC is planning to use Kennedy as a reliever.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2019 at 08:47 AM (#5825035)
John Kruk retired in the middle of a game. He got a hit in the first inning that brought his lifetime average above .300, and then retired.
When players start retiring in midgame because they get their career WRC+ up to 120, then we’ll know we’ve won.
   14. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 25, 2019 at 11:18 AM (#5825078)
John Kruk retired in the middle of a game.

Didn't Don Zimmer retire in the middle of a game? Just get up off the bench and walk out.
   15. escabeche Posted: March 25, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5825199)
John Kruk retired in the middle of a game. He got a hit in the first inning that brought his lifetime average above .300, and then retired.

That's a great story, but I looked it up and his average was just over .300 without that hit.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2019 at 04:56 PM (#5825202)
Jeff King retired in mid-May, the day his pension vested. He was still a productive player.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2019 at 05:01 PM (#5825203)
That's a great story, but I looked it up and his average was just over .300 without that hit.
You think Kruk is any good at math?
   18. Banta Posted: March 25, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5825217)
Says Don Zimmer retired midgame as a Rockies coach in 1995.

But obviously it didn't take as I seem to remember him being raped by Pedro or something years later...

Although, retiring from one organization and then playing for a another is probably the most embarrassing outcome for a team. If Vontae Davis plays this year for another team, that certainly doesn't make his retirement from the Bills look better.
   19. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 25, 2019 at 05:32 PM (#5825218)
That was it. He did come back the next year with the Yankees, so I guess not a true retirement.
   20. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: March 25, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5825220)
Jeff King retired in mid-May, the day his pension vested. He was still a productive player.
Joe Poz had an essay about that. I guess King hated hated haaaaaated baseball, and only was in it for the money.
   21. The Honorable Ardo Posted: March 25, 2019 at 06:27 PM (#5825223)
Jason Hammel and Jeff Weaver are each other's most similar pitchers. I wasn't expecting that; Weaver fluctuated between "teaser ace" and "godawful", while Hammel was consistently meh.
   22. Cowboy Popup Posted: March 25, 2019 at 06:48 PM (#5825225)
Most surprising thing I learned today: Ian Kennedy has thrown not one, but two complete games in his career. Wind must have been blowing in.
   23. Topher Posted: March 25, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5825260)
Most surprising thing I learned today: Ian Kennedy has thrown not one, but two complete games in his career. Wind must have been blowing in.


I know this is a joke, but Kennedy having the least amount of complete games (with a somewhat arbitrary cutoff) surprised me.

Whereas Hammel seemed an obvious answer to me. Hammel's top six seasons in innings pitched are between 160 and 170 innings. Meanwhile, Kennedy has seasons of 194, 195, 201, 208, and 222. Kennedy's also always had pretty good WHIP numbers so my off the cuff guess would be that he's slightly more pitch efficient per inning than your typical starter. As long as Kennedy isn't giving up the gopher ball, it seems like he would be capable of going the distance.

On top of that, while Kennedy hasn't made to the 8th inning often, when he does, he's been fantastic. But he's only once been given the ball for the ninth.

I        Split  G   IP ER  ERA  PA BB SO SO/W   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip tOPS+
    
8th inning 32 27.2 10 3.25 114  7 31 4.43 .192 .254 .279 .533  .250    46 


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/25/2019.
   24. Brian White Posted: March 26, 2019 at 08:43 AM (#5825298)
Yeah, I'm with Topher; I'm surprised to see Kennedy on top of #12's list. I think you can put pitchers in that list into three buckets - effectively wild types who rack up high pitch counts even when they're going well (e.g. Gio), injury risks (Penny, Kazmir), and guys whose pitching profile suggested that batters would get increasingly comfortable with multiple looks (e.g. Kirk Reuter - you could drive on the interstate at the speed of his fastball and never get pulled over).

Kennedy certainly doesn't belong in the first two groups, and as #23 shows with Kennedy's 8th inning stats, he doesn't belong in the third group either.

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