Rafael Soriano has untucked his jersey for the last time.
The former All-Star closer has officially announced his retirement from baseball. He was in camp with the Blue Jays this spring, though he wasn’t going to make the team. Here’s the statement the club released Sunday on his behalf:
I have decided to retire from the game I love. I want to take this opportunity to thank the front office staffs, scouts, coaches, and trainers from the Mariners,Braves, Rays, Yankees, Nationals, Cubs, and Blue Jays for believing in me and helping me to live out my dream; without you my career would not have been possible.
I took my role with each team very seriously and always had a great amount of pride in being a professional athlete. I prepared myself mentally and physically to be the best I could be. I also want to thank my former teammates for accepting and supporting me as a brother, playing alongside you all was an honour. Lastly, I want to thank the fans who supported and motivated me every day, I gave you my all.
I look forward to this next chapter in my life and hope to continue to be involved in baseball in some capacity in the future.
Soriano, 36, really fell apart quickly. He was a very good closer for the Nationals in 2014 until roughly the middle of August and then he was brutal in 2015.
In all, though, Soriano had an admirable career. He had 207 saves with a 2.89 ERA (144 ERA+) and 641 strikeouts in 636 1/3 innings. He was an All-Star in 2010 and had three seasons with at least 40 saves. He also had a 2.51 ERA in 11 postseason appearances.
Per baseball-reference.com, Soriano made $61,575,000 in his career.