By the Associated Press
Phil Hughes has retired from baseball, more than two years after throwing his final pitch.
The 34-year-old right-hand man said on Twitter on Sunday that he had announced what has been “quite clear … the last couple of years.”
“Through many ups and downs over 12 years, I look back and am incredibly proud of what I was able to achieve,” he said. “While injuries have forced this chapter in my life to come to an end, I am very excited to pursue other passions. When my job title changes from baseball player to dad, I will always feel very connected to this game and the relationship I have made. ”
A world champion with the Yankees in 2009, Hughes was 88-79 with a 4.52 ERA in 211 starts and 79 relief appearances over 12 major league seasons with New York (2007-13), Minnesota (2014-18) and San Diego (2018). He was an All-Star in 2010, when he became career best 18-8, and won 16 games in both 2012 and 2014.
Hughes left the Yankees as a free agent after the 2013 season to sign a $ 24 million three-year contract with the Twins, and in December 2014 agreed on a $ 58 million, four-year replacement.
He was sidelined for a month due to inflammation of his lower back in August 2015 and cracked a bone in his left leg the following June when he was hit by a line drift. He underwent surgery in the July 2016 season to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that recurred and caused him to miss the last 3 1/2 months of the 2017 season when he needed a new operation.