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Eyre, 37, will not be playing baseball this summer. He said in a telephone interview Thursday with MLB.com that he is retiring after 13 seasons in the Majors. He finished his career 28-30 with a 4.23 ERA in 617 appearances with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Phillies.
I was rooting for the Phillies to reach an agreement with him considering he fit their needs for a LOOGY specifically. Instead, we’ll reflect on the 1.3 great seasons Eyre spent in a Phillies uniform, and on a 13-year career that really took off in 2005.
For the Phillies, Eyre put up a 1.88 ERA in 14 innings in 2008 and 1.50 in 30 innings last year. Over his career, he has held lefties to an OPS nearly 100 points lower than that of righties. Aside from his pitching prowess, Eyre appeared to be a great teammate well. He gushed about the Phillies’ clubhouse many times on his blog and there’s no doubt he was a factor in that.
Fortunately for Eyre, he gets to retire with a World Series ring earned in ’08 with the Phils. He came so close in ’02 with the San Francisco Giants when they lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games.
Zolecki has Eyre’s upcoming post-baseball plans:
He is loading the family into an RV and heading West.
“We’re just going to drive through Utah, Oregon, Yosemite, Idaho,” Eyre said. “We don’t have anything planned. It’s my wife, my two kids and four dogs in an RV.”