Left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle, 37, a member of the Washington Nationals’ first World Series (WS) championship team, is retiring.
Doolittle announced his retirement on social media on Wednesday. Durittle hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since April of last year. He had a question mark over his future this season and decided to hang up his jersey.
Doolittle, who made his debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, was traded to Washington in July 2017 and has been in his prime ever since. Starting in 2017, he anchored the Nats’ back end with three straight 20-save seasons. He was named his second All-Star in 2018 and helped the Nats win the WS in 2019. That year, the Nats swept the Houston Astros four games to three in the WS to win their first franchise title, and Doolittle pitched three scoreless innings in three WS games, including a save in Game 1.
“Winning the 2019 WS will be the highlight of my career because I was able to do it with you guys,” he said on social media, adding, “Words can’t express how grateful I am for my time in Washington. “As a World Champion, All-Star, and clubhouse leader, Durittle exemplified what it means to be a pillar of the community,” Nats president Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “He was as fierce on the mound as he was off, and he took the ball every time he was called upon.온라인카지노
In his 11-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, Durittle compiled a 26-24 record with 112 saves and a 3.20 ERA. He has struck out 522 batters in 450 and two-thirds innings, good for 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings. In 2018, he pitched in 43 games, going 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in 45 innings with 60 strikeouts. He struck out 12 batters per nine innings that year (1.2 walks per nine innings). When he was drafted by Oakland with the 41st overall pick in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, he was a first base option. Injuries forced him to consider retirement, but he switched to pitching and found a second life in baseball.