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Kip Wells retires from baseball at age 36

Nov 10, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick shares the news on 36-year-old right-hander Kip Wells

Wells surrendered 28 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (10.36 ERA) this season with the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake, Utah. He last appeared in a major league game in August 2012 with the San Diego Padres.

The former first-round pick out of Baylor University pitched for the White Sox, Pirates, Rangers, Cardinals, Rockies, Royals, Nationals, Reds and Friars over the course of a 12-year big league career. He will finish up with a 69-103 career win-loss record, a 4.71 career ERA, a 1.51 career WHIP and a 6.5 career K/9.

  1. 3 Finger Lenny - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    What a loser

    • hustleandflomax - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      And yet that “loser” pitched for 12 years in MLB (not well, mind you, but managed to stick around in MLB for 12 years) and made 18 million dollars, no doubt setting up a pretty nice retirement fund for himself at age 36; not to mention a sweet pension for the rest of his life.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      You got that right. He’s such a loser, he’s not even cool enough to look like an asshole making fun of others on the internet! He’s been too busy being a major league pitcher.

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        No he’s not.

        He retired.

    • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      99% of the population dreams of being half the loser he has been.

  2. hustleandflomax - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Dang, he’s only 36? I thought he was more like, 40. Seems like he’s been around a LONG time. Dude had a career ERA+ of 94 and still made 18 million dollars. Let that sink in for a minute.

    • hustleandflomax - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I knew he was horrible when the Cards had him in ’07, but looking at his page on Baseball Reference, it’s amazing that his numbers are as bad as they were for 162.2 IP. The fact that they ran him out there for 162 innings shows just how horrid the Cards’ system was just 6 seasons ago and how far they’ve come along since.

  3. pisano - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Good move.

  4. raysfan1 - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    $18M–I think I could live on that. He played for 8 major league teams and 13 minor league teams in 14 years; he should certainly have some stories to tell. Best of luck to his future endeavors.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I’m betting he’s going to be purchasing a RV, because there’s NO WAY he’s ready to live in one city for the rest of his life!

  5. tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    This will really free up more time for him to sail, play tennis and croquet and shop for canary yellow sweaters that will match his white shorts and drape nicely over his shoulders.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Nov 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      So, basically your typical rich white guy stuff?

      • tfbuckfutter - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        That’s racist.

        Black guys can also do all the things I described above if they happen to be named Kip.

        No Mexicans though. That’s not my rule. It’s the club’s.

      • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Cold, tbuck. I like it.

  6. straightouttavtown - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    He was a great prospect for the White Sox system until they made a widely-panned trade packaging Kip, Josh Fogg, and Sean Lowe for Pirates’ then-ace Todd Ritchie. Both Fogg and Wells became solid starters in the rotation (especially Wells, who showed tremendous promise in 2002 and 2003) while Ritchie stunk up the joint in Chicago. I couldn’t help but think Kip’s career might have turned out differently if he didn’t get traded to Pittsburgh. Just look at all the promising starter prospects whose careers became a disappointment: Kris Benson, Oliver Perez, Bryan Bullington, John Van Beschoten, Dave Williams, Brad Lincoln, and Daniel Moskos.

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