Veteran pitcher Phil Hughes, who suited up for the NY Yankees, the Minnesota Twins, and the San Diego Padres during his MLB career, has officially announced his retirement from baseball. The announcement comes two years after Hughes made his last pitch in the majors.
“While it’s been fairly apparent to most over these last couple years, I’d like to officially announce my retirement from baseball,” Hughes wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
Hughes last suited up for the Padres, playing three innings as a reliever on August 8th, 2018, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He struggled during his time on the mound and was released a week later.
Phil Hughes is best known for his time with Yankees, playing for the organization between 2007 and 2013. During that time he helped the franchise win World Series while earning an All-Star nod in 2010 after posting 18-8 record in 29 starts.
Hughes left the Yankees in 2014 to sign with the Twins. He had a promising start of his time in Minnesota, finishing the season with 16-10 while posting 3.52 ERA and having a career-high 186 strikeouts.
But Hughes didn’t maintain this level of play as he dealt with multiple injuries in the following years that caused him to miss significant time. He also failed to be productive while on the field, which caused the teams to be wary about signing him and ultimately got him out of the league.