Former Cubs star Jake Arrieta announces retirement from professional baseball
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, who won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016 and was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2015, announced his retirement from baseball on Monday in an interview on the Pardon My Take podcast.
” I haven’t signed papers, but it’s done,” Arrieta stated. “It’s my turn to leave the game. At some point, the uniform goes to somebody else, and it’s just my time.”
Arrieta last appeared in 2021 with the Padres after being released earlier in the year by the Cubs. Across 24 starts with both teams, he went 5-14 with a 7. 39 ERA in 98 2/3 innings.
Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round in 2007, and debuted with the team in 2010. He struggled for parts of four seasons with Baltimore before being traded to the Cubs in 2013, where his career took off. He went 10-5 with a 2. 53 ERA in 2014, then led the majors with 22 wins and posted a 1. 77 ERA in 229 innings in 2015. Arrieta won the Cy Young Award voting race beating Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and others. He was also sixth in MVP voting.
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The right-hander signed a three-year, $70 million deal with the Phillies ahead of the 2018 season, but failed to recapture the success from his Chicago days. Arrieta won each of his starts in the 2016 World Series, allowing just three runs with 15 strikeouts across 11 1/3 innings. Arrieta stated that his body is still feeling good but that his arm isn’t as strong as it was once to continue his career.
” “I was at a place where I was doing everything possible to make it work,” Arrieta stated. “Unfortunately, I came to this realization around the ’19 season that, man, my body feels amazing. But the shoulder, the whip, doesn’t turn the way it used too. And whether I like it or not, that’s just kind of where things were going.”
While he wishes he could have ended his career with the Cubs, Arrieta seemed content with calling it a career now at age 36.
“But, we’re here now. It’s all good. I don’t regret anything. “Chicago is my city, it always has been,” Arrieta stated. “But would it have been better? Yes. I would have loved to see it through last season, with the boys throughout the year. But, hey, man, I had (7. 39 ERA). What are you going to do? It’s the way it goes.”
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