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 (one year 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.

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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

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

backup catcher eric fryer

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

two weeks pass...

2009 AL ROY Andrew Bailey

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

nice work if you can get it

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

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 20:55 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

stephen drew

mookieproof, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:15 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

batting average, feh

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 8 April 2018 21:51 (one year 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 (one year 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.

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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

ryan howard

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:56 (one year ago) link

Had no idea he wasn't already retired.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 09:32 (one year ago) link

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

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:49 (one year ago) link

They said it could never be done

Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:22 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

david wright, after one final home series

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:02 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

reliever brad ziegler

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 16:36 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Utley.

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

they still might be

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 November 2018 06:23 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

our beloved adrian beltre

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:03 (one year ago) link

:( :( :(

na (NA), Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:38 (one year ago) link

nooooooo

omar little, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:44 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

huh.

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

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

THANK YOU... pic.twitter.com/CzhaoU9YUH

— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) December 8, 2018

Karl Malone, Saturday, 8 December 2018 22:33 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

reliever tom wilhelmsen, officially

outfielder colby rasmus, unofficially

mookieproof, Monday, 10 December 2018 20:48 (one year ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

awesome

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l135&t=p_pbp&pid=150119

mookieproof, Friday, 4 January 2019 15:42 (eleven months ago) link

Jaime Garcia, 32 years old

https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/news/jaime-garcia-expected-to-retire-from-mlb/c-302541372

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

former red sox third baseman of the future will middlebrooks

mookieproof, Friday, 11 January 2019 16:25 (eleven months ago) link

Willie Midds was basically a nicer, crappier Shea Hillenbrand

omar little, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:02 (eleven months ago) link

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

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-ricky-romero-retirement/

clemenza, Saturday, 19 January 2019 18:24 (ten months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

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 (ten months ago) link

jarrod saltalamacchia

mookieproof, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:38 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

cc sabathia will retire at the end of the season

mookieproof, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:23 (ten months ago) link

doug fister

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:31 (ten months ago) link

^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 (ten months ago) link

?! I hardly knew her!

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 15 February 2019 01:42 (nine months ago) link

Bruce Bochy at end of season

Bruce Bochy announces he will retire after the 2019 season pic.twitter.com/TWiBLgL3Oh

— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) February 18, 2019

timellison, Monday, 18 February 2019 20:58 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Ichiro has retired

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:16 (eight months ago) link

Jason Hammel has retired

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 March 2019 04:37 (eight months ago) link

Hammel will always have the 2016 Cubs reunions to come, he had a heck of a season for that club.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:03 (eight months ago) link

punxsutawney native devin mesoraco, apparently

one monster season in 2014 and then just a ton of injuries

mookieproof, Monday, 25 March 2019 19:58 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Allen Craig will join the Padres' front office as an advisor to baseball ops, thus ending his playing career. In 6 big league season, he batted .276/.333/.435. He won the '11 WS, was an All-Star in '13 and is the only player to score a WS game-winning run on an obstruction call.

— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 12, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 12 April 2019 18:50 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

craig gentry

at 1.1 bWAR in 68 games, he was the third-most-valuable position player who ended 2018 with the orioles

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:50 (seven months ago) link

Jake Peavy

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 6 May 2019 15:46 (seven months ago) link

james loney

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:09 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

once and future met matt den dekker retired last week

mookieproof, Monday, 17 June 2019 21:17 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

cody decker, 32, hitter of 204 minor league homers, after hitting a walk-off for triple-a reno on friday

he was 0-for-11 in 12 major league plate appearances

also one of 19 players from the 2009 class a fort wayne tincaps to reach the majors, which is maybe some kind of record

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:41 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

troy tulowitzki

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:37 (four months ago) link

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

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:48 (four months ago) link

damn.

that is an amazing factoid, too

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:49 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Our coaching staff just added an All-Star, y’all. Let’s go. https://t.co/1U4WdB42gd 🤘

— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) July 25, 2019

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:23 (four months ago) link

i love the understated headline there by texassports.com

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:23 (four months 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 (four months 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 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

pic.twitter.com/czVJztm9iY

— David Freese (@david23freese) October 12, 2019

Andy K, Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:17 (two months 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 month 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 month 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 (three days ago) link


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