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World Series Champion Announces Retirement Weeks Before Season Starts


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With just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report and kick off the 2023 MLB season, a former pitcher has decided to call it a career.

According to Major League Baseball, and more specifically Tampa Bay Rays reporter with the Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin, star relief pitcher Jake McGee has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after a career that spanned 13 seasons.

Over the course of his 13 seasons in the Majors, Jake McGee has played for six different teams, however, as he announces his retirement he wants to be remembered as being a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

McGee's career started by being drafted by Tampa Bay in the 5th round of the 2004 MLB draft.

Six years later, Jake McGee made it to the majors at the age of 24 years old and appeared in 8 games for Tampa Bay. Over the next six seasons, McGee pitched in 297 games with Tampa Bay to the tune of a 2.77 earned run average with 319 strikeouts in 259.2 innings pitched. He also recorded 29 saves.

Following his time in Tampa, Jake McGee was traded to the Colorado Rockies along with starting pitcher Germán Márquez in exchange for Corey Dickerson and Kevin Padlo.

McGee spent 4 seasons in Colorado before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020, where he proceeded to win the World Series Championship against his original team, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Following his 2020 championship, Jake McGee signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2021 and became their closer, recording 31 saves for the team and having a 2.72 ERA.

Unfortunately, in his last season in 2022, McGee spent time with three teams, the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Nationals. He posted a 6.81 ERA in 42 games.

Now, McGee is hanging it up for good and will be remembered as a Tampa Bay Ray, as well as forever having a ring.

His final career numbers in 650 games, McGee posted a 3.71 career ERA with 613 strikeouts and 79 saves across 572.1 innings.

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