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Reliever Dan Wheeler is retiring from baseball

Feb 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Dan Wheeler

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that reliever Dan Wheeler has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year Major League career. Wheeler briefly pitched in 2013 with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Wheeler was last seen in the Majors in 2012 with the Indians. He posted an 8.76 ERA in 12 innings. He had a few solid years with the Rays from 2008-10, posting a combined 3.24 ERA in 172 1/3 innings, averaging better than three strikeouts for every one walk. He retires with a career 3.98 ERA.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Wow. The guy from The Rookie is calling it quits.

    I think. Or some other guy who maybe played with the guy from The Rookie.

    I don’t even know. Middle relievers are confusing. That’s why they make movies about Bill Gates and not about the guy who heads Apple’s IT department. Yeah, you’re important and everything….but….

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      you got it nailed.hung in the bigs for 640 innings over 13 years. a career WHIP of 1.22, but in 2013 he declines to a 1.946 WHIP and that’s the end of him. did the best he could for as long as he could, and now he’s moving on. i’m thinking of a certain john cougar song. call me sappytwinsfan.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        640 innings pitched and he collected a tad over $17.3 million for it…

        Not too shabby.

        He earned basically $27,158 for each inning he pitched in his career.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Another way to compare Wheeler’s $27,158 dollars for each inning pitched is to that of Greg Maddux.

        Mad Dog earned over $153 million in his career, but he also threw over 5,000 innings.

        Mad Dog got paid $30.719 for each inning he pitched in his career.

  2. jeffa43 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Dan… Thank you for closing down Busch Stadium with an Astros W, and sending us to the World Series for the first time.

    2004-2005, you were ridiculously clutch. Astro fans will always remember the two best seasons in franchise history. You were a huge part of it.

    Enjoy Retirement!

    • stex52 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Jeff, key bullpen guy for the Astros in their big years. How soon they forget.

  3. jeffa43 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Im sorry, I just saw the headline and picture, and I commented before reading.

    Now that I did read it….. ” He had a few solid years with the Rays from 2008-10″….

    ummm… How about a 2.51 in 04, a 2.21 in 05, and a 2.51 in 06…..with Houston, that’s a career!
    Back to back LCS 0.00 era, and closed down game 7….

    Do some research writer, and TBbukfutter…. your comment is on the money with your name as usual.

  4. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    One of the best guys to put on a uni- class act all the way. Great teammate. Enjoy your family, Wheels.

  5. raysfan1 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    He was not only part of the Rays’ World Series team, he was also part of the woe-begotten Devil Rays of 1999-2001. Much respect for the long-suffering D-Rays players who were able to put together productive careers like him. He was a big part of both the lean years and then the joy of them’s initial years of success. I wish him much success again in his future endeavors.

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