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.

https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2018/1/4/16797700/daniel-bard-retirement

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:34 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

rolling unretirees

Good to be back in the cage again. The comeback is real. pic.twitter.com/uA8FMjyTjv

— Rafael Palmeiro (@Rafael_Palmeiro) January 5, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 5 January 2018 22:45 (four years ago) link

former pirate great justin morneau

https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/08/report-justin-morneau-set-to-retire-rejoin-twins-as-special-assistant

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:21 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:27 (four years ago) link

mark appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2757009-why-mark-appel-perhaps-the-biggest-bust-in-mlb-history-is-retiring-at-26

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 February 2018 15:04 (four years ago) link

backup catcher eric fryer

mookieproof, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:19 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Ex-A’s ace Jarrod Parker tells the @sfchronicle he is officially retiring; a look at his life after promising career derailed by injuries: https://t.co/SFb6gVc6K7 via @sfchronicle

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:32 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

2009 AL ROY Andrew Bailey

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:23 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

nice work if you can get it

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:54 (four years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:55 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

stephen drew

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:15 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

batting average, feh

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:51 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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.

https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/jeff-seidel/2018/06/07/detroit-tigers-bill-freehan-alzheimers-blaise-salter/682734002/

Andy K, Friday, 8 June 2018 00:28 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

ryan howard

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:56 (three years ago) link

Had no idea he wasn't already retired.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 09:32 (three years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 14:11 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dm_RhIrU4AAMM3k.jpg:small

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:49 (three years ago) link

They said it could never be done

Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:22 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

david wright, after one final home series

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:02 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:24 (three years ago) link

Gulp.

https://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2018/09/victor_martinez_retirement_1.html

Andy K, Sunday, 23 September 2018 01:10 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

reliever brad ziegler

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:36 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ike Davis has retired https://t.co/ciETMhLWTd

— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) November 6, 2018

noted former pirate

mookieproof, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:39 (three years ago) link

Utley.

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

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 years ago) link

they still might be

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:23 (three years ago) link

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 years ago) link

our beloved adrian beltre

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:03 (three years ago) link

:( :( :(

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:38 (three years ago) link

nooooooo

omar little, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:44 (three years ago) link

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

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:58 (three years ago) link

huh.

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

three-time detroit tiger cameron maybin

mookieproof, Monday, 3 January 2022 23:54 (seven months ago) link

jon lester

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:20 (seven months ago) link

melky cabrera

na (NA), Friday, 14 January 2022 19:13 (seven months ago) link

Travis Snider, who last played in MLB in 2015.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Friday, 14 January 2022 19:17 (seven months ago) link

top-10 prospect in 2008-9; career bWAR of 4.3. solid season with the pirates in 2014 tho!

mookieproof, Friday, 14 January 2022 20:18 (seven months ago) link

The guy was an absolute beast in the minor. Vlad-like stats and then totally crumbled in the majors. Probably the biggest bust in jays history?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 15 January 2022 00:17 (seven months ago) link

People sometimes ask me.. What is it like to play "Pro Baseball"?

Retirement has brought up a lot of different emotions and memories for me. It's given space to think.

16 seasons in professional baseball. Here is a thread on where it has taken me..

— Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45) January 15, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Saturday, 15 January 2022 19:38 (seven months ago) link

I have felt on top of the world. I have felt all alone.

This fucking sport, amirite?

Andy K, Sunday, 16 January 2022 02:13 (seven months ago) link

francisco liriano, 38

at three years and $39m, he was the recipient of what is still the pittsburgh pirates’ largest-ever free agent deal; a year and a half into it they had to give the blue jays two prospects just to take him off their hands

mookieproof, Monday, 17 January 2022 21:30 (seven months ago) link

One of those prospects, Reese McGuire, was pretty great his first two seasons/150 AB; nothing since, although still with the Jays.

clemenza, Monday, 17 January 2022 23:26 (seven months ago) link

and better known for something else

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 18 January 2022 02:25 (seven months ago) link

Parking lot? I'd forgotten!

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 03:55 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Longtime big-league first baseman Adrián González, who played for the Rangers, Padres, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Mets across 15 MLB seasons, officially announced his retirement today on his personal Instagram.

Gonzalez last played in the majors in 2018, but he was active as recently as this past season, playing 43 games with the Mexican League’s Mariachis de Guadalajara and posting a .340/.412/.531 batting line in 187 trips to the plate. He also represented Mexico in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), where he collected three hits and a walk in 12 plate appearances.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 6 February 2022 19:30 (six months ago) link

ryan zimmerman

mookieproof, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 20:26 (six months ago) link

dude had himself a career. all time Nationals leader in at bats, Runs, RBIs, Hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, xbh and GIDP!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 21:26 (six months ago) link

interesting list

All-time walk-off HR:
13 - Jim Thome
12 - Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Frank Robinson, Babe Ruth
11 – David Ortiz, Tony Perez, Ryan Zimmerman

That's 10 Hall of Famers, plus Zim. And if his shoulder troubles of 2012-14 don't force him to move to 1B ...

— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) February 15, 2022

mookieproof, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 21:47 (six months ago) link

...he still wouldn't have been a hall of famer

, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:26 (six months ago) link

haha, yeah. plus there are quite a few players who might have been hall of famers if it wasn't for those few years and that one injury that derailed the career...

zimmerman was good, though, and it is an interesting list.

snarl self own (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:16 (six months ago) link

dwight gooden stands out. even WITH all of his troubles he has a case for HOF

snarl self own (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:17 (six months ago) link

as an aside, i think players that were suspended for recreational drug use should get bonus points for the hall of fame. that's like playing on Nightmare difficulty in doom

snarl self own (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 18:20 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

LHP and union man andrew miller

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 March 2022 21:47 (four months ago) link

Fun player for a guy who’s super square

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 24 March 2022 23:49 (four months ago) link

when he was good, his arm release was 16 feet to the side of the mound, a slider would miss a leftie's hip by a quarter inch and then catch the very opposite edge of the strike zone as they weren't sure whether to get out of the way, swing, or take

Karl Malone, Friday, 25 March 2022 00:07 (four months ago) link

todd frazier

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 14:37 (four months ago) link

jake arrieta

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 03:52 (three months ago) link

most famous guy born in my hometown (even as an infant, he had the instincts to move far away a few months later)

his 2014-15 run was amazing, and of course being part of the 2016 cubs team

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 15:38 (three months ago) link

his career arch was a weird one...
BAL (4 yrs): hot garbage
CHC (6 yrs): absolute god
PHI (3 yrs): average
SD (1 yr): disaster

i guess it follows a typical trend – but that bad-to-good-to-bad line was so incredibly extreme

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 16:29 (three months ago) link

he was tapering off his last couple of seasons in chicago. but yeah he was amazing in the mid-2010s.

i was trying to find when he tweeted the picture of himself naked wearing an apron (?) but all my searches are dominated by when he was naked in the ESPN body issue.

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 16:33 (three months ago) link

Yeah when i think of jake arietta i think of sam miller sheepishly describing him as “built”

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 16:42 (three months ago) link

when i think of jake arrieta -- perhaps even more so than when i think of anthony recker -- i think of dr morbius

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 21:18 (three months ago) link

David Wright was the ultimate Morbs player

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 22:27 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

joe panik

mookieproof, Friday, 20 May 2022 14:19 (two months ago) link

Hang the DJ.

clemenza, Friday, 20 May 2022 16:53 (two months ago) link

That double pay in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series will live for infinity for us Giant fans. Good luck in life Joe.

Bee OK, Friday, 20 May 2022 22:32 (two months ago) link

Panik on the street's of London...

I was a pretty big Smiths fan and even saw them three times but always hated that song. Yes, they were bonkers live, an experience of a lifetime.

Bee OK, Friday, 20 May 2022 23:24 (two months ago) link

this remains one of the better fielding plays i've ever seen

ICYMI, this is what Joe Panik did last night in Sacramento. #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/ZtIonPMvUP

— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 4, 2015

mookieproof, Friday, 20 May 2022 23:27 (two months ago) link

That was an outstanding play, I have never seen that before. He's was a great second baseman but his bat only lasted like rwo seasons. The Giants had to move on.

Bee OK, Friday, 20 May 2022 23:48 (two months ago) link

The only Smiths song I love!

clemenza, Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:54 (two months ago) link

(I believe he played in Toronto for six or seven minutes.)

clemenza, Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:54 (two months ago) link

Ya they got a decent return for him too iirc - Dickerson and Cimber

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:59 (two months ago) link

i've been watching a dickerson this year. he got yepez'd

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Saturday, 21 May 2022 01:01 (two months ago) link

The only Smiths song I love!

Tastes, huh. To me it was the first song where it was the Smiths by the numbers. No originality to it and he is being a huge dick (with those lyrics). This was the same band that did brilliant songs like "Still Ill" and "The Queen is Dead?" No wonder they broke up, garbage.

Bee OK, Saturday, 21 May 2022 01:25 (two months ago) link

retire, morrissey

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Saturday, 21 May 2022 01:28 (two months ago) link

he played about 20 miles away from me last weekend in Pasadena for two nights via Cruel World. Yes, he needs to go away.

Bee OK, Saturday, 21 May 2022 01:32 (two months ago) link

he got yepez'd

I do not know what this means.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 21 May 2022 02:11 (two months ago) link

yeah, as soon as i posted that i felt dumb, because why would you! there's just some rookie on the cardinals, juan yepez, whose performance so far means that dickerson loses his DH platoon spot with Pujols (who has been alright so far this season but is going to play often no matter what, because march to 700)

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Saturday, 21 May 2022 02:14 (two months ago) link

russell martin, officially

really good player; put up 5.7 bWAR in just 111 games with the pirates in 2014 and has to be among the best free agent signings they ever made (which is admittedly a low bar to clear)

fourth all-time in bWAR by a canadian

mookieproof, Sunday, 29 May 2022 02:52 (two months ago) link

I’m like 99% sure I know who the top three are.

j.a. (pronounced ‘jay’) happ

mookieproof, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 15:53 (two months ago) link

Martin caught 30 out of Happ's 33 starts the year he went 20-4.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 22:45 (two months ago) link


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