Kevin Millwood says he's retiring

Veteran hurler Kevin Millwood says he's calling it quits. (Getty Images)

Veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood told his hometown newspaper his big-league career is over.

"I’m just ready to retire," Millwood told the Shelby Star of Cleveland County, North Carolina.

"I feel like I can still throw it well and going out on a high note is a big deal," he said. "I just felt it was time to be closer to home and to be around the kids more often."

If this is indeed the end for the 38-year-old Millwood, he'll retire with a 169-152 record and 4.11 ERA (106 ERA+) across parts of 16 major-league seasons.

As 24-year-old for the Braves in 1999, Millwood went 18-7 with a 2.68 ERA and finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting. He also won an AL ERA title in 2005 as a member of the Indians. Millwood ranks 59th on the all-time strikeouts list with 2,083. He pitched in 28 games in 2012 for the Seattle Mariners.

The Bessemer City, N.C., native was originally an 11th-round choice by the Braves in 1993.

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