Padres' Jered Weaver announces retirement

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres shared his announcement, which read in part, "I've chose to step away from baseball".

Padres right-hander Jered Weaver announced his retirement before San Diego played the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

"I've chose to step away from baseball", Weaver said in a statement released by the Padres. "While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to", Weaver said in a statement. He is second in Angels franchise history in wins and games started (322) and is third in innings pitched (2,025) and strikeouts (1,598). But after he posted a 5.06 earned-run average and gave up 37 home runs, the Angels let him go, and he signed with a Padres team in need of veteran starters to soak up innings.

Weaver last appeared in a game this season on May 19. "Many thanks to the Padres organization for the opportunity to play in the wonderful city of San Diego".

The Angels happily pounced on Weaver, who had starred at Long Beach State.

He finished with a sub-4.00 ERA in eight of the first nine seasons of his career and a sub-3.00 mark three times during the span.

Only Chuck Finley, with 165 victories, won more games for the Angels. He joined the Padres on a one-year deal in February. He was named to three straight All-Star Games from 2010 through 2012 and pitched in seven postseason games with the team. He was the runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award in 2011, when he went 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA.

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