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Thread: Cowtipper's retirements thread

  1. #151

    Blake Hawksworth

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that right-hander Blake Hawksworth, a 28th-round pick of the Cardinals in 2001, has retired from baseball and gone to work for agent Scott Boras and the Boras Corp.

    Hawksworth made his major league debut in St. Louis on June 6, 2009 and went on to post a 4.07 ERA in 183 1/3 career innings at the big league level (mostly as a reliever). His last MLB appearance was with the Dodgers in late September of 2011.
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  2. #152

    Travis Hafner

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner has joined the Notre Dame College baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Former Tribe starting pitcher Len Barker is the head coach.

    The Notre Dame College campus is in South Euclid.
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    Hafner hasn't ruled out a return to playing, so I would consider him semi-retired.

  3. #153

    Brian Sanches

    for sure. I'm retiring ... Told agent. He made call to union to file paper work ... Halladay and Berkman retired so I figured it was time ...

  4. #154

    Erick Almonte

    Erick Almonte, who twice won the award for MVP of the tournament béibol autumn-winter, officially announced his retirement from the sport.
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  5. #155

    Jake Westbrook

    Jake Westbrook was pulled from the Cardinals’ rotation down the stretch and had his $9.75 million option for 2014 declined, and now the 36-year-old right-hander is retiring after 13 seasons in the majors.

    Westbrook broke the news to local reporter Rob Rains, saying: “The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to go through the grind of another year and be away from my family.”
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  6. #156

    Jim Hoey

    Jim Hoey always had designs on a second career, and when an offer he couldn’t refuse came along last week, he took it.

    Thursday he starts his business career, specializing in graphic and web design for a marketing-ad firm in Newtown, Pa. He has dabbled in design for a few years and can’t wait to get started.

    He’ll be making pitches to clients instead of baseball players.

    After 11 years in the game, including major league stops with the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins, the Hamilton High School grad decided it was time to leave the game.
    He announced his retirement Monday.
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  7. #157

    Graham Taylor

    Somerset re-signed catcher Adam Donachie on Monday and added Triple-A veteran outfielder Ty Wright on Tuesday, but lost starting pitcher Graham Taylor and reliever Jim Hoey. To be sure, those are two big holes to fill.

    Taylor, who reached the major leagues with the Florida Marlins in 2009, went 10-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 27 starts for Somerset last year, and was trusted with the ball with the season on the line last year. With the Patriots down two games to one in the best-of-5 championship series to the Long Island Ducks last season, the 29-year-old lefty held the eventual pennant winners to one run on three hits through eight innings of work.

    “I’ve been telling my wife that and my family and friends for a while now, as I’ve tried to make this decision over the past few weeks, that I’m glad that if I have to hang em’ up, that was my last start and that’s the situation it was in,” Taylor told via cell phone.
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  8. #158

    Drew Sutton

    It wasn’t the ability. It was the work ethic that took Drew Sutton from North Side High School to Major League Baseball.

    “I never really thought of myself as the best player – not even at North Side - not physically or the strongest, and I never thought about getting to big leagues,” Sutton said. “But you look back, and I did as much as I could have done. I worked as hard as I could and got as much out of my ability as I could.”

    For the first time since 2005, Sutton will not be attending spring training after deciding he was stepping away from the game.
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  9. #159

    Carl Pavano

    WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

    The 38-year-old right-hander didn't pitch after June 1 in 2012 because of a strained right shoulder. His spleen was removed in January 2013 after he was injured when he fell in the snow at his home in Vermont.
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  10. #160

    Livan Hernandez

    Livan Hernandez, who is in Nationals camp as a spring training instructor and last pitched in the major leagues in 2012, announced on Wednesday that he will officially retire this spring. His doing so will end what was a very interesting 17-year career that saw Hernandez win 178 games, pitch in two World Series, and have an under-appreciated, and at times accidental, impact on the game.
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  11. #161

    Rick Ankiel

    On the heels of a season in which he was released twice and saw less time at the major league level than in any year since 2006, Rick Ankiel has decided to retire. Word of the 34-year-old outfielder’s decision was announced during the broadcast of the Cardinals’ Grapefruit League game on Wednesday. Thus ends one of the strangest careers in recent memory, a career that saw a rookie pitching sensation forced to reinvent himself as an outfielder — and succeeding.
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  12. #162

    Guillermo Mota

    SURPRISE, Ariz. — Guillermo Mota, the 40-year-old reliever with 14 seasons of big-league experience, has retired. He left Royals camp on Friday afternoon. He told team officials he wanted to spend more time with his children.
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  13. #163

    Darnell McDonald

    Veteran outfielder Darnell McDonald announced his retirement from baseball late last night via Instagram. McDonald re-signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal in December, but he has instead decided to call it a career.
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  14. #164

    Jeff Clement

    By closing the book on one chapter of his life, Jeff Clement is hoping to finish another.

    The former Marshalltown star, who still holds the national high school record for career home runs, told The Des Moines Register on Monday that he has decided to retire.
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  15. #165

    Henry Blanco

    Henry Blanco's bid to earn the backup catcher job for the Arizona Diamondbacks failed, but that doesn't mean he is out of work or his career in baseball has come to an end.

    The D-backs announced Monday Blanco has retired as a player and will now join the team's coaching staff.
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  16. #166

    Vladimir Guerrero

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-day contract to retire with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
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  17. #167

    Bill Bray

    Former Nationals and Reds reliever Bill Bray tweets that he has retired. He notes that he has a labrum tear, which made the decision simpler for him.
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