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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

One more season? MLB veterans may have played final innings amid coronavirus uncertainty

A father in Lansdale, Pennsylvania leaned away from his phone and said to his daughter, “OK, same rules. Stop sign to stop sign. No high-fives for anybody.”

Avery Kratz, 7 years old, puffed away on her two-wheeler.

Nine days had passed since the epic drive from Tampa, away from baseball, 16 hours with only two stops, a family record.

“The Cal Ripken of drives,” Erik Kratz called it. “It’ll never be broken.”

We’ve been discussing aspects of the current unpleasantness as it relates to various aspects of the game- here’s a consideration as it relates to careers…..

 

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2020 at 12:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, erik kratz, retirements, veterans

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

After rehabbing with Pirates the past 13 months, pitcher Tom Koehler retires

Veteran pitcher Tom Koehler announced his retirement Monday, 2 ½ years after throwing his final regular-season pitch and 13 months after joining the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

The 33-year-old right-hander pitched for six seasons for the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays before shoulder injuries struck during 2018 spring training while with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Koehler signed with the Pirates in February 2019 and spent the year rehabbing with the organization.

Koehler made the announcement via a post to his verified Instagram account.

 

QLE Posted: March 03, 2020 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: retirements, tom koehler

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Des Moines’ Jeremy Hellickson retires from Major League Baseball

After 10 seasons, five teams and more than 200 games in Major League Baseball, Iowa native Jeremy Hellickson is calling it a career.

Hellickson, a right-handed pitcher out of Des Moines Hoover High School, told the Register on Friday that he is retiring.

Hellickson, 32, said he suffered a shoulder setback a few weeks ago that would have required surgery and rehab.

He’s instead opting to retire after a long and successful big-league career that included a resume full of major accomplishments.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy hellickson, retirements

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Martín Prado retires

Martín Prado, a 14-year veteran has announced his retirement. It was reported last fall that he was strongly considering hanging it up, but he was presumably waiting out the offseason to make sure no one gave him a call.

Prado hit a mere .233/.265/.294 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 104 games and a -1.3 WAR with the Marlins in 2019. He’s 36 and that was his third straight year of decline. It was probably time for him to say goodbye to life as an active player and hello to coaching or front office work or whatever else he feels like doing.

Which is not to take away from what was a pretty spiffy career.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: martin prado, retirements

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Clint Hurdle retires from baseball

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres interviewed Clint Hurdle, hoping he would become the hitting coach under new manager Jayce Tingler. Hurdle considered the opportunity but ultimately decided to retire from baseball.

Hurdle, 62, was fired by the Pirates following a disappointing 2019 season in which his team went 69-92, the club’s worst finish since 2010. The Pirates’ 2019 season was mired in controversy with a litany of clubhouse issues as well as more than a handful of benches-clearing brawls.

Well, not all retirements involve long tours…..

QLE Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: clint hurdle, retirements

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

 

 

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