Pitcher David Phelps (37), who played for the Toronto Blue Jays, has decided to retire.
Phelps came to the agency on the 19th (Korean time) and announced his retirement through Man Baseball. He showed competitiveness as the main bullpen until last year, but retired at the age of 36 at the end of the season.
Phelps said, “When I came off the mound in Oakland on May 6, 2021 with an injury, I wasn’t sure if I would be back on the major league mound. A year later, on October 6, 2022, I came down the mound in Baltimore, and I knew it was the end of my career.”
“God gave me the ability to play baseball in the major leagues,” Phelps said. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the clubs, managers, coaches, players, staff, fans and families who gave me the opportunity. Thank you for helping me achieve my dream while going on a wonderful journey for the past 15 years.”
Right-handed pitcher Phelps made his debut with the New York Yankees in 2012, then went through the Miami Marlins, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and Philadelphia Phillies. He had an earned run average of 3.80. He struck out 666 in 682⅔ innings.
While playing in Toronto for the last two years, he ate a pot of rice with Ryu Hyun-jin. In 2021, he pitched well with an average ERA of 0.87 in 5 holds in 11 games, but on May 6, he suffered a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle during practice pitching against the Oakland Athletics, so he underwent surgery and was out of the season. 메이저사이트
Phelps, who was on the verge of retirement but continued rehabilitation without giving up, returned to Toronto with a minor league contract. He entered the opening roster and spent a full season last year. He pitched 63⅔ innings in 65 games, going 2 losses, 1 save, and 9 holds with a 2.83 earned run average and 64 strikeouts.
Phelps, who overcame injury concerns and played a healthy season, showed sufficient competitiveness as a semi-finalist. However, he completed his 10th career season and retired at the age of 36. Phelps said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I will prepare for a new journey in peace.