ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels reliever Ty Buttrey has retired from baseball, saying he’s lost his affection for the game.
“I just wanted to prove everyone wrong,” the 28-year-old posted on social media Saturday. “As time went on, baseball became more of a business and less of a game. I couldn’t help but notice my love and passion for this game started to diminish. I always thought baseball was a cool job. I also knew that same job paid extremely well. What young kid doesn’t want a cool job that pays well?”
The right-hander, who pitched for the Portland Sea Dogs in 2016 and 2017, was one of the key pieces of the Angels’ bullpen the past three seasons after he was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a trade for Ian Kinsler.
Buttrey struggled with control problems during spring training, however, and was optioned to the team’s alternate training site.
His 115 appearances from 2018-20 were fourth on the team among pitchers, and he was 8-11 with 11 saves and a 4.30 ERA.
Buttrey said he informed the Angels of his decision to leave baseball, and the organization asked him to take some more time to think about it. He did not outline his next steps in his statement.
Angels Manager Joe Maddon said before Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox that he had been in contact with Buttrey since last weekend. He said the team would welcome him back if he decided to return to baseball.
“There’s a lot of times when you get that age you become confused by different things, and you choose different routes. Maybe something’s more important to him right now,” Maddon said. “It’s one of those things that’s up to the individual. I respect it. I respect him.”
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The Twins recalled outfielder Brent Rooker from the taxi squad to take Donaldson’s spot on the roster.
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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, limited by injuries to one inning in the previous two seasons, pitched around control problems to allow one earned run over four innings in his Yankees debut.
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Teheran allowed a run and four hits in five innings. Eddie Rosario drove in both Cleveland runs with a home run in the second and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
ROYALS 11, RANGERS 4: Michael A. Taylor homered and drove in three runs for the second straight game, leading Kansas City past visiting Texas.
Whit Merrifield also homered for the second game in a row.
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Arrieta gave up one run and six hits. The 35-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one.