A retirement by a pitcher was revealed by FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi, with Mike Maroth choosing to hang up his cleats. Back in 2003, Maroth broke an unenviable record by becoming the first pitcher in 30 years to lose at least 20 games.
Maroth was pitching for the 43-119 Tigers and finished with a 9-21 record and 5.73 ERA as a 25-year-old. Not exactly what you want on your resume after just two full years in the majors.
Maroth went on to post two solid seasons in the rotation, topping 200 innings and holding his ERA to the mid-4.00s. For a left-handed starter, this was valuable production. He was also on his way to a career-best season in 2006 when he went down with bone chips in his left shoulder -- and although he didn't know it at the time, his career was effectively over.
There were the various rehab stints, the bouncing around to multiple teams, all of that. But Maroth only pitched 166 1/3 innings in 2007 between the Tigers and Cardinals, posting a 6.89 ERA. Since then, it's been all surgeries and bouncing around from the Royals to Blue Jays to Twins. And now, after a stint in a winter league, the 33-year-old has officially called it quits.
"I gave it everything I had," Maroth told Morosi. "I feel confident that I'm making the right decision. I'd love to keep playing, but I realize that I don't have it in me. I have no regrets. I put forth all of the effort possible to continue to play, but I believe my body just can't do it anymore."
Now, Maroth will focus on raising his three children and pursuing a degree in management, with the hope of staying in baseball somehow.
Maroth finishes his career with a 50-67 record over six seasons with a 5.05 ERA in 918 innings pitched. Although Maroth always hoped to one day win 20 games and bookend his place in baseball history, the most games he ever won in a season was 14, for the 2005 Tigers.
-- Evan Brunell