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Ron Mahay retires after 14-year major league career

Jan 27, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

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From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that reliever Ron Mahay has retired from baseball.

The left-hander signed a minor league contract with the Reds last winter but couldn’t make it past Triple-A Louisville. He last appeared in a major league game in 2010 as a member of the Twins’ bullpen.

Mahay, who turns 42 years old this June, is now hoping to get into managing or coaching. He registered a 3.83 career ERA and a 1.42 career WHIP over the course of 14 major league seasons.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Decent left handed reliever in his career. 14 years in the big leagues is impressive. He was also part of the Tex to ATL trade where the Braves shipped away half their farm, and helped build the core of today’s Texas Rangers.

  2. RickyB - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    If memory serves correctly, he was a replacement player back in 1995. Any blowback from that likely, or is it all water under the bridge at this point?

  3. soj83 - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    i remember him in spring training as a replacement player for the Red Sox in during the 94-95 strike that was when he was still an outfielder. you have to give credit to someone who can switch positions at that level and play better.

  4. Detroit Michael - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Yes, Mahay previously was identified as the last replacement player from spring training 1995: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/baseball-insider/post/the-last-replacement-player/2011/03/30/AFXoTg3B_blog.html

    It meant that Mahay received no royalties from baseball cards, video games, and various other projects from which the MLPBA received payments. Probably throughout most of his career, some of his teammates gave him the cold shoulder too.

  5. j0esixpack - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    For me, his role as a replacement player makes his story that much more compelling

    He’s the most unlikely of guys to have a 14 year career – the community college outfielder who got his first chance as a replacement player, and then scrabbled to switch to pitching via the Australian League – and then actually turned that into a career that earned quite a few million dollars over 14 years.

    Say what you want about him taking the opportunity to play when he could get it, but this guy made his career the hard way – with hard work and determination. That counts for something in my book.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    this guy was gritty as hell…I’m amazed the D backs didn’t give him a look…he was a gritty as you got

  7. georgebrett - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    It means that he was never able to be a part of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Other than that he should have received everything else all other players get from playing in MLB except royalties because their likeness was never used. Kevin Millar is a great example.

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