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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

World Series MVP Steve Pearce officially retires, says 2018 Red Sox did nothing wrong

It’s now official.

After telling WEEI.com he was “unofficially retired” in December, Steve Pearce took the next step when appearing with Mike Mutnanksy on WEEI’s replay of Game 1 of the 2018 World Series.

“You know what? It has been a good run. I have 10 years in there. Right now I am officially retired,” said Pearce, who turned 37 years old Monday.

It marks the end of a major league career that spanned over 13 seasons with eight different teams. His shining moment, of course, was winning the 2018 World Series MVP after belting three home runs against the Dodgers. The 10th-round pick in the 2004 Draft finishes his career having played in 766 games, compiling a .254 batting average and .772 OPS with 91 home runs.

Somehow, the former is making me have doubts about the latter…..

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, retirements, steve pearce

Friday, April 03, 2020

AJ Reed Announces Retirement

In news that slipped under the radar when it was announced, former top Astros prospect AJ Reed has announced his retirement. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle highlights the decision and analyzes it from the perspective of his former organization.

Reed, a former second-round pick, was once considered one of the game’s premium hitting prospects. He showed an intriguing blend of power and patience on his way up the farm. Reed generally made loud contact and plenty of it, with hefty batting averages on balls in play and unconcerning strikeout rates.

When he debuted with the ’Stros in 2016, Reed seemed quite likely to hit in the majors. After all, he mashed at every level on his way there. The real question was whether he’d do so enough to be a highly valuable player, given his limitations on the field (first base only) and on the bases.

As it turns out, there was a bigger problem lurking. Reed’s strikeout rate had ticked up a bit at Triple-A in 2016. It exploded in the majors. As it turned out, he’d end up taking 199 total plate appearances at the game’s highest level, carrying a 14.2% swinging-strike rate and 35.7% strikeout rate. Reed’s power stroke never played, either. All told, his career batting line sits at an awful .149/.241/.234.

A great way to feel old in a hurry: Hearing someone eight years younger than you retire….

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2020 at 10:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. reed, prospects, retirements

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

 

 

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