It used to be that MLB players had to retire by making an announcement through the media or their team. Simple, but a little boring. Modern technology has given players many more options to announce their retirement from the game, and give us a glimpse of who they are off the field.
On Thursday, MLB veteran pitcher Kyle Lohse decided to retire after a 16-year career. And if his Instagram announcement is any indication, he seems like a pretty chill guy.
It’s been a hell of a ride! Baseball, you’ve taken me a lot of places I’ve never thought or even dreamed of. The highs. The lows. The people I’ve met. The teammates I’ve had the pleasure of battling alongside. The guys on the other teams I’ve had the pleasure of battling against. Time to take it to the house knowing I gave it all I had each and every time.
A post shared by Kyle Lohse (@klo26) on May 10, 2018 at 6:02pm PDT
Kyle Lohse decided to announce his retirement by having a beer at a Kansas City Royals minor league game and posting the picture on Instagram. That’s a guy who knows how to retire the right way.
Lohse, 39, had been pitching in the Royals’ minor league system this season, but was released Thursday. During his career he pitched for six different teams, but he had the most success with the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent five years with the Cards, and earned a World Series ring in 2011. He last pitched in the majors in 2016, turning in 9.1 innings for the Texas Rangers. Lohse retires with a 4.40 career ERA, 1,615 strikeouts, and 2531.2 innings pitched.
Here’s to you, Kyle Lohse, and may there be many more low pressure baseball games in your future.
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