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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

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

backup catcher eric fryer

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

two weeks pass...

2009 AL ROY Andrew Bailey

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

nice work if you can get it

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

stephen drew

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

batting average, feh

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

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 https://t.co/ciETMhLWTd

— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) November 6, 2018

noted former pirate

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

Utley.

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

nooooooo

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

huh.

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

daniel murphy

mookieproof, Friday, 29 January 2021 18:08 (seven months ago) link

goodnight, ya jerk

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 January 2021 18:29 (seven months ago) link

dustin pedroia

mookieproof, Monday, 1 February 2021 16:09 (seven months ago) link

Definitely one for a parallel People You Thought Were Retired but Aren't thread. He looked like a very good HOF bet coming out of 2016.

clemenza, Monday, 1 February 2021 16:18 (seven months ago) link

you think? he was never the same player he was in those first two years where he won ROY & MVP. just kind of a gradual decline with more and more injuries pilling up.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 February 2021 16:30 (seven months ago) link

i'm trying to think who else won MVP right after a ROY debut. i know there's at least one or two more.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 February 2021 16:31 (seven months ago) link

i looked it up. one i really should have remembered and the other i don't blame myself for forgetting.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 February 2021 16:34 (seven months ago) link

All speculation now, but I think he was headed there, yeah. At the end of his age-32 season:

-- an MVP and a ROY
-- two WS titles
-- perceived as the "team leader" (along with Ortiz) on the second one
-- a middle infielder with 1,700 hits, 130 HR, and a .300 lifetime BA; probably headed for 2,500+/200+
-- 50 bWAR, probably headed for 65-70

Cano was regarded as the best second baseman in the game during his decade-long peak, but he was next best, I think (I may be forgetting someone).

clemenza, Monday, 1 February 2021 16:49 (seven months ago) link

(xpost) That's a good trivia question...Pujols arrived during Bonds's heyday, so I don't think it was him.

clemenza, Monday, 1 February 2021 16:58 (seven months ago) link

did jacoby ellsbury ever officially retire?

mookieproof, Monday, 1 February 2021 17:38 (seven months ago) link

You're right, Clem – he didn't "decline" so much as kind of have a moderately up-down, all-star calibre streak for a while there before the injuries piled up.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 1 February 2021 17:48 (seven months ago) link

did jacoby ellsbury ever officially retire?

― mookieproof, Monday, February 1, 2021 9:38 AM (twenty-eight minutes ago)

No because he is still is eligible for a $5M buyout for 2021 (the final year of his contract).

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 1 February 2021 18:10 (seven months ago) link

i'm trying to think who else won MVP right after a ROY debut. i know there's at least one or two more.

― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, February 1, 2021 8:31 AM (one hour ago)

I guessed 3 (the most recent ones), but missed a super obvious one.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 1 February 2021 18:14 (seven months ago) link

Pedroia was durable until the knee injury in 2017 and was averaging about 5.5 WAR per year. He was definitely building a solid HOF case. Regardless, he had a great career.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Monday, 1 February 2021 18:37 (seven months ago) link

Take away those scare-quotes around team leader--force of habit from all those years of Morbius looking over my shoulder.

clemenza, Monday, 1 February 2021 19:51 (seven months ago) link

rip some of the worst facial hair in baseball

na (NA), Monday, 1 February 2021 20:11 (seven months ago) link

frickin lasers tho

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 03:56 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

End of an era

Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball. https://t.co/9C09gJKK7K

— New York Mets (@Mets) February 18, 2021

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 18 February 2021 00:45 (seven months ago) link

lol

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:27 (seven months ago) link

it's hard not to think of morbs right now

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:30 (seven months ago) link

can't believe tim tebow gave up on himself; presumably god let him know that there were other plans for him

he'll always be a 2018 eastern league all-star

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 February 2021 02:07 (seven months ago) link

brian dozier

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:50 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

nick markakis

na (NA), Friday, 12 March 2021 15:11 (six months ago) link

Damn, I was kinda hoping Markakis would stick around for the March to 3000!

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 March 2021 15:39 (six months ago) link

Legend

, Friday, 12 March 2021 16:49 (six months ago) link

had no idea he had so many hits! someone on reddit said he was "hall of very good", which i didn't think i agree with, but damn was he good at a lot of things and consistent af.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 12 March 2021 17:36 (six months ago) link

he was a good player! and i think we can afford to be generous with our hall of very good bids

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:17 (six months ago) link

heyrookie_youweregood.jpg

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 13 March 2021 08:41 (six months ago) link

big respect to markakis for busting out his 2nd best season in 162 games in 2018 with the barves, at 35, 10 years after his young heyday with the orioles

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 13 March 2021 08:46 (six months ago) link

sorry, 3rd best (by fWAR)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 13 March 2021 08:47 (six months ago) link

I think it was his only all star season?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 13 March 2021 14:33 (six months ago) link

wow, yeah so i looked into that a bit. 2018 was his all-star year, but 2007/2008 (his 2nd/3rd year) were his best years as a young man in Baltimore. In 2008 he lost out to Red Sok J.D. Drew who was ok, but well behind in fWAR in 2007/2008 (4.8 to 11.7). There were 6 Red Sox on the AS team that year. In conclusion the all-star game is stupid

francisF, Saturday, 13 March 2021 15:52 (six months ago) link

Yeah, Kansas City All-Stars from a few years ago was a stain on the all-star brand as well

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 13 March 2021 16:41 (six months ago) link

led the AL in bWAR in 2008 and didn't get a single MVP vote

, Saturday, 13 March 2021 19:45 (six months ago) link

was both a doubles machine and an outfield assist machine, the two funnest kinds of machinery

, Saturday, 13 March 2021 19:46 (six months ago) link

gio gonzalez

na (NA), Thursday, 25 March 2021 19:45 (five months ago) link

he was pretty bad last year and has always walked too many guys but i guess i'm a little surprised. possibly a victim of the three-batter rule? (not that his splits are that vast)

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 March 2021 20:15 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

jay bruce, after today’s game

mookieproof, Sunday, 18 April 2021 14:47 (five months ago) link

is this a prediction?

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 18 April 2021 15:10 (five months ago) link

I see, he’s retiring after the game. Odd timing.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 18 April 2021 16:32 (five months ago) link

pittsburgh’s own neil walker

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:45 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

jordan zimmermann

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:45 (four months ago) link

Guy I thought was playing--Edwin Encarnación--isn't; has he retired? Guy I thought was retired--Aaron Sanchez--is in San Francisco, pitching reasonably well so far.

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:24 (four months ago) link

edwin hasn’t retired, but no one has signed him. he was pretty bad last year, and the lack of NL DH hurts him

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:34 (four months ago) link

Give him a month.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:34 (four months ago) link

Tyler Flowers has decided to retire. He played the past few seasons with two degenerative discs in his back and developed another while preparing to resume his career with the Braves in a few weeks. He’ll always be remembered for revolutionizing the art of pitch framing.

— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 14, 2021

mookieproof, Friday, 14 May 2021 17:48 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Chris Davis. O's will still pay the remainder of his salary though. Worst contract ever?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 12 August 2021 15:29 (one month ago) link

7-year peak WAR: 18.8
career WAR: 11.7

amazing

mookieproof, Thursday, 12 August 2021 15:32 (one month ago) link

i feel like we did the math at one point - and it was a yes.

xpost

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 12 August 2021 15:32 (one month ago) link

i guess mike leake is done? opted out last year; this year no one was apparently interested in a 33yo with terrible strikeout numbers

mookieproof, Friday, 13 August 2021 19:52 (one month ago) link


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