Brian Fuentes has announced his retirement. The 37-year old relief pitcher was placed on the restricted list last August by the St. Louis Cardinals for personal reasons, and he has now decided to call it quits.
According to Sean Lynch of the Merced Sun-Star, Fuentes found himself less and less concerned with baseball and knew it was time to call it a career. Fuentes' time on the restricted list was spent visiting with family and those he cared about, something he could not often do while playing.
"Ultimately, I was just having trouble with the time away from my family," Fuentes said. "I've been playing baseball for all of their lives, but I'd never been so far away as when I was in St. Louis. I think at one point I went, like, two months without seeing them. Coming home and being able to put them to bed at night made me realize what I was missing."
Fuentes pitched in the Majors for 12 years. He gained notoriety while with the Colorado Rockies. He became their closer in 2005 and posted some strong numbers. In his first full year closing, Fuentes saved 31 games. He saves 20 or more games in his next three seasons, then Fuentes had his breakout year. In 2009, while pitching for the Angels, Fuentes posted a 3.93 ERA but had 48 saves.
Fuentes has pitched for six different teams in his big league career. He finishes with a record of 26-43 and an ERA of 3.62. He also managed to rack up 204 career saves.
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