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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

former pirate great justin morneau

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

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

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

mark appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft

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

backup catcher eric fryer

mookieproof, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:19 (two 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 (two 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: via @sfchronicle

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2018

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

two weeks pass...

2009 AL ROY Andrew Bailey

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

nice work if you can get it

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

stephen drew

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

batting average, feh

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

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

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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

ryan howard

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

Had no idea he wasn't already retired.

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

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

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

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

They said it could never be done

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

david wright, after one final home series

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

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

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

two weeks pass...

reliever brad ziegler

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

three weeks pass...

Ike Davis has retired

— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) November 6, 2018

noted former pirate

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


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

they still might be

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

our beloved adrian beltre

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

:( :( :(

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


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


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

troy tulowitzki

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:37 (one year ago) link

finishes with *exactly* the same bWAR as . . . nomar

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:48 (one year ago) link


that is an amazing factoid, too

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:49 (one year ago) link

Probably my least favourite Blue Jay ever. Spent as much time as a Jay engaging in baseball-related activities as he did playing baseball. And more time complaining.

clemenza, Thursday, 25 July 2019 21:11 (one year ago) link

Our coaching staff just added an All-Star, y’all. Let’s go. 🤘

— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) July 25, 2019

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:23 (one year ago) link

i love the understated headline there by

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:23 (one year ago) link

but that's what you get when you leave it up to the editorial team of The Ex-Ass Ports, Inc

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:24 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

ilb twitter fave ty kelly

Now that I don’t play professional baseball anymore, I’d just like all the current players and fans to know that the game was better when I used to play.

— Ty Kelly (@tykelly11) August 25, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 26 August 2019 19:59 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

— David Freese (@david23freese) October 12, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:17 (one year ago) link

noted canadian michael saunders, who will take over as manager of the appalachian league's danville braves

mookieproof, Friday, 25 October 2019 18:04 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

utility guy kristopher negrón, after 170 big league games and 1439 in the minors

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 18:18 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

he ran out of AL East teams to play for

I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:51 (eleven months ago) link

pour one out for the poor man's Bobby Grich

omar little, Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:33 (eleven months ago) link

Whither Warstic?

Andy K, Saturday, 21 December 2019 03:56 (eleven months ago) link

good player

ryan braun now the active tribe leader in stolen bases

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 December 2019 04:51 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Curtis Granderson

(aka "Craig Gunderson" -- Lou Piniella, 2006)

Andy K, Friday, 31 January 2020 15:14 (nine months ago) link

Granderson was really damned good. He came up around the same time as Grady Sizemore and everyone of course thought Grady was going to be a superstar for 15 more seasons, and Grandy was overlooked for a bit longer than he should have been. Even though despite Sizemore's first several incredible years, the best season either of them had was Granderson's 2007 (38 doubles, 23 triples, 23 HR, 122 runs scored, .913 ops, 7.6 bWAR). Decent positive value through his Mets years, solid defense, and apparently an extremely good dude.

omar little, Friday, 31 January 2020 19:35 (nine months ago) link

i always liked him. good luck grandy

na (NA), Friday, 31 January 2020 20:25 (nine months ago) link

an extremely good dude


mookieproof, Friday, 31 January 2020 21:08 (nine months ago) link

kendrys morales

mookieproof, Friday, 7 February 2020 20:53 (nine months ago) link

not officially retired but:

Ben Zobrist hasn’t announced anything but is at home and has no plans to play. Very nice career: started versatility trend and was rewarded for it, won 2 rings

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2020

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:09 (nine months ago) link

he had a great run with the Cubs obv, though last season was a tough one for him w/whatever was going on at home. he was great in 2018, i imagine he still has some ability left in the tank but maybe not the desire.

omar little, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:28 (nine months ago) link

i'd still rather have him at 2b in 2020 than daniel descalso or whoever the cubs are planning to play there now

na (NA), Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:38 (nine months ago) link

cubs dot com depth chart has nico hoerner (followed by bote) as the leading 2b candidate. he's supposed to be good but has very limited pro experience (or power)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:49 (nine months ago) link

nick hundley

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:51 (nine months ago) link

jeremy hellickson

mookieproof, Friday, 14 February 2020 21:55 (nine months ago) link

martin prado (a few days ago)

Campaign to move el0n mu5k thread to ILM (Will M.), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:30 (nine months ago) link

rolling unretirees: daniel bard is in camp with the rockies

mookieproof, Monday, 24 February 2020 15:19 (nine months ago) link

lonnie chisenhall, 31

mookieproof, Monday, 24 February 2020 18:32 (nine months ago) link

tom koehler

mookieproof, Monday, 2 March 2020 16:39 (eight months ago) link

One of the greats

omar little, Monday, 2 March 2020 16:57 (eight months ago) link

I'd call this another rolling unretiree, except I'm not sure if ever retired. It's a rolling non-retiree, or something:


clemenza, Monday, 2 March 2020 18:52 (eight months ago) link

I hope he comes back just to bean astros.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 March 2020 20:12 (eight months ago) link

feel like we may have seen the last of melky cabrera. he was actually pretty good in april/may last year but then fell off a cliff, and he can't really play the field anymore

mookieproof, Monday, 2 March 2020 22:55 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

steve pearce, officially

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 14:29 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

denard span

na (NA), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:19 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Highest ever HBP rate, min. 1,000 PA

Brandon Guyer: .057
Hughie Jennings: .051
Derek Dietrich: .048
F.P. Santangelo: .040
Ron Hunt: .039
Carlos Quentin: .039
Craig Wilson: .039

— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) July 6, 2020

mookieproof, Monday, 6 July 2020 17:32 (four months ago) link

That’s kind of rosenthal to cite his BA against lefties

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Monday, 6 July 2020 17:49 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Chris Iannetta accepted a spot on the Yankees’ taxi squad, but made it clear to the team that he would retire if they asked him to go to the minor leagues. The Yankees designated Iannetta for assignment on August 1 and so the veteran catcher has said goodbye to baseball after a 16-year career.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 9 August 2020 13:59 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

The Detroit Tigers announced on Saturday that manager Ron Gardenhire is retiring immediately and will not return for a fourth season.

Gardenhire, who turns 63 in October, is 132-241 (.354 winning percentage) in two-plus seasons with the Tigers. He signed a three-year deal when he was hired before the 2018 season, the first full year the team embraced the rebuild.

Lloyd McClendon will manage the team the remainder of the season.

Andy K, Saturday, 19 September 2020 21:54 (two months ago) link

BREAKING: Hearing that Alex Gordon is officially retiring. Club announcement likely will come soon.

— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) September 24, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:55 (two months ago) link

Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career when you have to say: I am retiring from baseball.

Forever thankful and Gr8ful.

— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) September 26, 2020


kind of a weird era but you post a highlight video along with your own announcement, but i will miss u hunter pence

Karl Malone, Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:55 (two months ago) link


earlnash, Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:33 (two months ago) link

Keep baseball weird

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:39 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

hisashi iwakuma

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 21:57 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

legendary backup catcher erik kratz

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

played for nine MLB teams and 16 different minor league teams

mookieproof, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

wow, good for him. a journeyman no one's ever heard of, but he got to hit 31 HRs in MLB games and probably is in a heated pool right now

@oneposter(✔️) (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

i meant all that in a positive way - it reads extremely cynically

@oneposter(✔️) (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:42 (two weeks ago) link

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