Veteran Pitcher Announces Retirement After 17 Seasons

Veteran pitcher Ian Kennedy has announced his retirement during the World Series celebration.

He had planned to retire at the end of the 2023 season but decided to end his career on a high note with the Texas Rangers winning their first championship.

Kennedy began his career with the New York Yankees after being drafted in the first round in 2006.

He played for the Yankees before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, where he became a key part of their rotation for three and a half seasons.

In 2011, Kennedy led the National League with 21 wins and had an impressive 2.88 ERA, earning him fourth place in Cy Young Award voting.

The Diamondbacks later traded him to the San Diego Padres in 2013, where he continued to be a reliable starter.

Kennedy joined the Kansas City Royals in 2016 on a five-year, $70 million deal. He had a strong first season with the Royals but struggled in 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, he transitioned to become a closer and saved 30 games while maintaining a 3.41 ERA.

After various team changes, Kennedy had a successful season as a reliever with the Texas Rangers in 2021, helping them reach the playoffs.

His 17-year career included pitching for six different teams, over 1,900 innings, 4.16 ERA, 1,775 strikeouts, 104 wins, and 66 saves, earning him more than $101 million in career earnings.

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