Veteran Pitcher Announces Retirement After 17 Seasons

Ian Kennedy, a right-handed pitcher for the Washington Nationals, has announced his retirement from baseball during the World Series celebration.

Kennedy had planned to make the 2023 season his last, and he fulfilled that plan by retiring as a World Series champion with the Texas Rangers.

He began his MLB career with the New York Yankees, who selected him in the first round of the 2006 draft.

Kennedy played for the Yankees but was later traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2009-10 offseason.

During his time with the Diamondbacks, Kennedy had an outstanding season in 2011, leading the National League with 21 wins and earning recognition in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

He was later traded to the San Diego Padres, where he continued to excel, pitching around 200 innings per season with a combined ERA of 3.97.

In 2016, Kennedy signed a significant five-year, $70 million contract with the Kansas City Royals.

His career took a different turn in 2019 when he transitioned to become a closer, recording 30 saves with a 3.41 ERA.

Kennedy played for several teams, including the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, before returning to the Rangers and retiring in 2023.

Kennedy's retirement marked the end of a 17-year career, during which he earned numerous accomplishments and left a lasting legacy in the world of baseball.

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