San Francisco Giants superstar is set to retire on Saturday, September 30th.
Matt Cain will make one final start before incoming retirement on a great. The news was broken in a closed clubhouse before Wednesday's game at Arizona, telling them he is ready to retire.
However, before he travels into the sunset, he will pitch once more. The pitcher, who threw the only perfect game in Giants history and helped them win two World Series titles, will play a home game at AT&T Park on Saturday against the San Diego Padres. Beset by injuries in recent years, Cain will start a day before his 33rd birthday.
"This organization has meant so much to me. It's meant so much to my family. I'm just grateful it's been a part of my life. I've enjoyed it so much," Cain said. I think we've been through the full gamut of everything. That is something that is satisfying. I know I am able to hang my hat at the end of the day and say I put everything I could into this and I've experienced it all and enjoyed every bit of it," he said.
His productivity has been slowed down in recent years thanks to elbow and hamstring injuries. In 2017, he's 3-11 with a 5.66 ERA in 26 games, 22 of them starts for the last-place Giants. The three-time All-Star’s contract with the team is nearing its deadline.
The team did have the option for one more season prior to his retirement news. He was a first-round draft pick by them in 2002 and made his big league debut in 2005. Cain has a career record of 104-118 with a 3.69 ERA. Despite the below-.500 mark, he'll leave with a lot of winning memories.
"I've been able to be lucky enough to be with the same organization," Cain said. "It means so much to me, and I can't picture myself putting a different uniform on."
"His play on the field and community service exemplifies what a true big leaguer should be and he will definitely be missed," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement. "On behalf of the Giants, I congratulate Matt on an outstanding career and wish him and his family all the best. He'll forever be a Giant."
"He's never come in this office and complained one time. He just wants to do what was best for the club," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He had a nice little talk for the guys."
"He didn't want to put on another uniform. That says a lot about him," Bochy said.