Mike Pelfrey retires from baseball

Add Mike Pelfrey to the list of players who have retired following the 2017 season.

Pelfrey, 34, spent parts of twelve big league seasons with the Mets, Twins, Tigers and most recently the White Sox.

After a season that saw him bounce back and forth from the rotation and bullpen the journeyman who owns a 68-103 record with a 4.68 ERA is stepping away from baseball as a player.

Pelfrey returned to Wichita State University to finish his degree and then was offered a position at nearby Newman University to act as the school’s pitching coach.

“This coaching thing sparked my interest, so I said when I was done I was going to get into coaching. I didn’t know it was going to be quite this soon,” Pelfrey admitted. “After a couple of surgeries and I felt like the last couple of years that my abilities were declining, I got more into that mentor role.”

Pelfrey had talked about playing for another three or four years as recently as last season, but given the cold market and a family at home it only makes sense for him to step away now.

Thanks to his accumulated service time from last season, Pelfrey now has ten full big league seasons under his belt which gives him full MLB benefits.

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