rolling retirees: 2018 and beyond

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daniel bard has had enough

Bard would appear in just 13 innings over that four-year span, allowing 35 earned runs while walking 46 and hitting 16 batters. Yet he continued to motor on, trying anything and everything to get back to the big leagues.

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I remember seeing him at NYY in a late sept/early october game when we first came up and the air went out of the stadium when his name was announced.

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 5 January 2018 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

rolling unretirees

Good to be back in the cage again. The comeback is real.

— Rafael Palmeiro (@Rafael_Palmeiro) January 5, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:45 (one year ago) Permalink

former pirate great justin morneau

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

mark appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 February 2018 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

backup catcher eric fryer

mookieproof, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

xp long way down from the #1 pick

He's excited to play Settlers of Catan or one of his 30 other board games with John, with whom he shares a one-floor home

johnny crunch, Monday, 12 February 2018 16:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Ex-A’s ace Jarrod Parker tells the @sfchronicle he is officially retiring; a look at his life after promising career derailed by injuries: via @sfchronicle

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:32 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

2009 AL ROY Andrew Bailey

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

former mets great mike pelfrey

12 seasons, 68-103, 4.68 ERA, 1.510 WHIP, 4.8 bWAR, $41m in salary

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nice work if you can get it

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

about all you can say is that he didn't give up many homers

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

stephen drew

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

wes wilson, a backup catcher who hit .207/.260/.259 in 226 games over seven seasons in the yankee system

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 April 2018 16:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

hadn’t really thought about it, but i guess matt holliday is probably done. good career; too bad he pulled a mantle and slipped under .300

mookieproof, Sunday, 8 April 2018 15:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

batting average, feh

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Aaron Laffey retired after Wednesday night's game. He had an 18.00 ERA in three starts with the 51s.

— Betsy Helfand (@betsyhelfand) June 7, 2018

MLB career K/9: 4.5

mookieproof, Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

1,262,200 in career earnings if fangraphs is right

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

After suffering two concussions in the last eight months while playing in the Detroit Tigers organization, Blaise Salter has voluntarily retired from professional baseball because he fears the long-term risks that could come from brain injuries.

He’s afraid of ending up like his grandfather, Tigers great Bill Freehan, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Salter's only 24 years old.

While this close, loving family is fiercely private and sensitive about Freehan’s condition, Salter acknowledges his grandfather’s condition played a direct role in his decision.

“We are so close,” Salter said. “Seeing him the way his health has been, it’s definitely been an eye opener for me. I saw it firsthand how concussions have affected his life. Obviously, he had way more than I did, with the lack of equipment back in the day. To see that, I really thought about my life. I wanted to do anything I could, to prevent that from happening.”

There is evidence linking brain injuries to a higher risk of developing brain conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

It is not clear how many concussions Freehan suffered during his 15-year Tigers' career, but his family suspects concussions played a role in his condition.

And it was enough for Salter to walk away from baseball.

Andy K, Friday, 8 June 2018 00:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
two weeks pass...
one month passes...

the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, luke hochevar

not a great career, but at least better than mark appel's

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:34 (six months ago) Permalink

i don't know much about him, but why did the royals push him through their minor league system so quickly despite him never putting up good numbers?

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:43 (six months ago) Permalink

there was some weird shit surrounding his drafting -- dodgers took him in the first round in '05, he agreed to sign then changed his mind, then played indy ball in early '06. he didn't sign with the royals until he was almost 23. high-end college pitchers are *supposed* to move quickly, and he made his big league debut a week short of turning 24, but . . . yeah i dunno. probably some combination of the royals being terrible at player development + the fact that hochevar insisted on an MLB contract and was therefore already on the 40-man roster

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:12 (six months ago) Permalink

sometimes when a guy like that retires i like to see how much money he raked in for his career.

answer: just shy of 25 million

omar little, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:01 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ryan howard

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:56 (five months ago) Permalink

Had no idea he wasn't already retired.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 09:32 (five months ago) Permalink

maybe he was hoping to pull a matt holliday but no one called

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 14:11 (five months ago) Permalink

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:49 (five months ago) Permalink

They said it could never be done

Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:22 (five months ago) Permalink

a 6.66 K/9 would have been the icing on the cake but I shouldn’t quibble

Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:23 (five months ago) Permalink

david wright, after one final home series

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Online prices for his presumed last start on 9/29 have skyrocketed in the last few minutes. (I already am going to the NY Film Festival that night.)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:20 (five months ago) Permalink

actually, not technically retiring but being medically sidelined a la prince fielder

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:24 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

reliever brad ziegler

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:36 (four months ago) Permalink

a little surprising as he was still doing alright and getting saves this year.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:26 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Ike Davis has retired

— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) November 6, 2018

noted former pirate

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:39 (three months ago) Permalink


Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 10 November 2018 04:56 (three months ago) Permalink

At one point I would have thought both those guys were headed for the hall.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:12 (three months ago) Permalink

they still might be

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:23 (three months ago) Permalink

It's really too bad that the Twins never won anything with Mauer, they had some good teams but seemed to choke against the Yankees every year. Even with all his injuries he had a hell of a career.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:32 (three months ago) Permalink

our beloved adrian beltre

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:03 (three months ago) Permalink

:( :( :(

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:38 (three months ago) Permalink


omar little, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:44 (three months ago) Permalink

bartolo : is now the last active* player who played in the majors in the 20th century

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:58 (three months ago) Permalink


Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:40 (three months ago) Permalink

P sure Armando Benitez is playing in Mexico still

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:41 (three months ago) Permalink

catcher dan butler, after 768 minor league games

played in seven games for the red sox in 2014 and two more this year, going 5-for-25 with three doubles and throwing out three of eight attempted base stealers. he was never drafted

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 19:27 (two months ago) Permalink


— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018

Karl Malone, Saturday, 8 December 2018 22:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Only reached 140 games twice--I don't know if he was the most productive long-term part-time hitter of the past couple of decades, but he must be close (including one monster season in 2011: .320/.414/.631, 30 HR and 5.5 WAR in 113 games).

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 14:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I really wish the Jays had hung onto him after the Wells deal, instead of flipping him for a reliever who’s name time has forgotten.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 9 December 2018 14:35 (two months ago) Permalink

reliever tom wilhelmsen, officially

outfielder colby rasmus, unofficially

mookieproof, Monday, 10 December 2018 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Alfredo Amezaga (who will join Atlanta as a coach)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2019 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink


mookieproof, Friday, 4 January 2019 15:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Jaime Garcia, 32 years old

you wouldn't know from looking at his stats, but he really did have some exceptional stuff. sometimes it really seemed like he was throwing a wiffle ball out there. alas, he was almost always injured or recovering from an injury.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:51 (one month ago) Permalink

i just learned that he and Fernando Valenzuela were the only two pitchers born in Mexico to start in a world series.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:52 (one month ago) Permalink

former red sox third baseman of the future will middlebrooks

mookieproof, Friday, 11 January 2019 16:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Willie Midds was basically a nicer, crappier Shea Hillenbrand

omar little, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't know Ricky Romero had been out there the past five years, trying to make it back.

clemenza, Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:24 (one month ago) Permalink

also shawn tolleson -- spent the last two years trying to come back from TJ but decided it wasn't going to work out

mookieproof, Saturday, 19 January 2019 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Dillon Gee, who spent the 2018 season with the Chunichi Dragons

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

jarrod saltalamacchia

mookieproof, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

cc sabathia will retire at the end of the season

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink

doug fister

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:31 (one week ago) Permalink

^his jersey will live on ironically at gay fetish events

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

?! I hardly knew her!

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 15 February 2019 01:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Bruce Bochy at end of season

Bruce Bochy announces he will retire after the 2019 season

— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) February 18, 2019

timellison, Monday, 18 February 2019 20:58 (five days ago) Permalink

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