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Former saves leader Chad Cordero announces retirement

Jun 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Chad Cordero, who saved a league-leading 47 games as a 23-year-old in 2005 and has recently been pitching for the independent league St. Paul Saints, announced his retirement at age 29.

He followed up that 47-save season with 29 saves in 2006 and 37 saves in 2007, but Cordero has pitched a grand total of just 14 innings in the majors since then because of arm injuries.

Cordero ranks fourth all time in saves through age 25 with 128, but saved zero games from 26 on and is done before turning 30. He made one All-Star team and earned more than $11 million in salary despite the early decline.

  1. FC - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Assuming he manages his finances wisely, Cordero made it out on top. Now if he wants to spend Charlie Sheen money, he’s screwed.

  2. cshearing - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Another former Expo bites the dust. When the last remnant is gone, it will be a sad day.

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