Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ex-Sox Josh Beckett Announces Retirement

After his Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated last night from the playoffs, Josh Beckett announced his retirement from baseball. The 34-year old has two World Series rings—in 2003 with the Marlins and in 2007 with the Red Sox. Earlier this year, he pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies. Beckett finishes his career with a 138-106 mark and a 3.88 ERA. At times controversial in the Red Sox clubhouse (see Chicken and Beer), he was nevertheless a stalwart in the Boston rotation for most of his stay in Carmine Hose. In his seven seasons here, he went 89-58 (a .605 winning percentage) with a 4.17 ERA. He pitched over 1,200 innings for Boston and recorded over 1,100 strikeouts. He was involved in two blockbuster trades—coming to Boston with Mike Lowell for Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez in 2005 and going to LA with Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto for James Loney and prospects in 2012. For many years, he was a solid contributor to the community—hosting The Beckett Bowl charitable event.