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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

minnesota native and 12-year twin glen perkins

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

Had no idea he wasn't already retired.

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

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

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

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

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

They said it could never be done

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

david wright, after one final home series

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

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

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

two weeks pass...

reliever brad ziegler

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

Utley.

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

they still might be

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

our beloved adrian beltre

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

:( :( :(

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

nooooooo

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

huh.

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

one month passes...

LHP and union man andrew miller

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

todd frazier

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

jake arrieta

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

one month passes...

joe panik

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

Hang the DJ.

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

The only Smiths song I love!

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

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

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

retire, morrissey

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

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

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 29 May 2022 06:36 (eight months ago) link

j.a. (pronounced ‘jay’) happ

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

two months pass...

have to assume that rick porcello is done; he hasn’t pitched since being garbage for the mets in 2020. still only 33!

has to be among the least impressive guys to win 150 games and a cy young

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 August 2022 14:41 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

edwin jackson, officially

14 teams in 17 seasons , 4.78 ERA, 88 ERA+, 8.9 bWAR, $79 million in salary!

mookieproof, Saturday, 10 September 2022 14:04 (four months ago) link

A’s C Stephen Vogt will retire after 10 big league seasons, leaving a lasting mark from Tampa Bay to the Bay Area, beyond. Grateful to cover him for a decade and to share his story. On Tuesday it was Vogt w/emotional message to team after beating Mariners.https://t.co/aFoyr5VgQG

— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) September 22, 2022

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 September 2022 15:11 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

This is really for an un-retiree thread, but none exists:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/35220178/lhp-cole-hamels-feels-healthy-surgeries-eyes-comeback

He pitched pretty well in 2019, but this sounds a little sketchy.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 December 2022 02:29 (one month ago) link

rick porcello has, in fact, announced his retirement

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 December 2022 03:15 (one month ago) link

Dude won a Cy young - never made an all star game.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 December 2022 04:23 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

He was damn good his one full season in Toronto.

clemenza, Thursday, 19 January 2023 02:35 (two weeks ago) link

His second full season, I should say--and great for the 2012 Giants WS team.

clemenza, Thursday, 19 January 2023 02:37 (two weeks ago) link

David Phelps!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 19 January 2023 02:45 (two weeks ago) link

His second full season, I should say--and great for the 2012 Giants WS team.


I mean, this was true for a few months but he didn’t play for the team after August cos he got suspended for using PEDs?

Also, lol.

One of Cabrera's associates purchased a website for $10,000 and falsified its contents in a way that would have allowed Cabrera to challenge his suspension by claiming that the positive test was caused by a substance sold through that website, but MLB officials and federal investigators used forensics to trace the website back to Cabrera.

can you still hit dinngers (gyac), Thursday, 19 January 2023 07:05 (two weeks ago) link

Forgot all about the PEDs...Now I remember all the raised eyebrows at Melky Cabrera suddenly hitting .350.

clemenza, Thursday, 19 January 2023 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

I will never forget. The jays got a great deal on him for two seasons and he wasn’t bad!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:40 (two weeks ago) link

aw i liked him on the cubs, he was a good leadoff guy. i remember after 2015 everyone thought he was going to the orioles but then he came back to the cubs on a surprise one-year contract, which ended up being a good move for him and the team

na (NA), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 18:38 (one week ago) link

i didn't realize how much of a surprise that was, when he returned to the cubs for 2016! here's footage:

A little more footage from #Cubs SURPRISE this morning at camp. pic.twitter.com/7X1skZmOSD

— Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) February 25, 2016

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 18:50 (one week ago) link

his surprise signing/spring training appearance was very crucial, like he had to come back for A Reason. v symbolic of that whole 2016 for me. after 2015 being a shockingly good year, it felt like a stepping-it-up moment.

omar little, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 18:51 (one week ago) link

darren o'day announced his retirement. pretty solid career, great run w/ the o's on their early-mid teens playoff teams (6th in career appearances). loved that sidearm motion.

j.q higgins, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 01:07 (one week ago) link

last active player drafted by the expos . . . tom brady

mookieproof, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 14:55 (one week ago) link


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