Josh Beckett has delivered the news Los Angeles Dodgers fans were dreading. After struggling with constant injuries the pitcher has retired from baseball.
According to MLB.com, the 34-year-old announced his decision after his team lost their National League Division Series against St Louis Cardinals in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Beckett has been on the disabled list for the last three months of the season and has been plagued with injuries throughout his career.
Beckett’s career ended when an MRI scan revealed he had a torn labrum and two cysts in his left hip which required surgery. The two-time World Series winner has elected to have surgery next May but will not be returning to the mound.
Prior to his career-ending injury Beckett had been pitching with great punch, going 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA, after missing the majority of the 2013 season through surgery to remove a rib near his neck.
Beckett even threw out a no-hitter at the Phillies on May 25 this year but has called it quits after 14 years in major league baseball.
MLB.com also stated his retirement will help out the Dodgers gigantic payroll, as the 34-year-old was earning $15.75 million per year.
Beckett began life in MLB for the Florida Marlins in September 2001 throwing six shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs.
In 2003 Beckett was named the Marlins youngest-ever opening day pitcher and had a unforgettable season, winning the World Series and picking up the World Series MVP award.
The right-handed pitcher switched to Boston Red Sox in 2006 and a year later won his second World Series ring along with the American League wins champion title and ALCS MVP.
Beckett was named an All-Star three times (2007, 2009 and 2011) and finished his career at the Dodgers. He finishes with career figures of 138-106 with a 3.88 ERA and took 1,901 strikeouts.
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