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Joe Blanton has retired from baseball

Apr 13, 2014, 10:29 PM EDT

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that pitcher Joe Blanton has retired from baseball. Blanton had made two starts for Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics organization, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 10 2/3 innings.

Blanton, 33, has fallen far since winning the World Series with the Phillies in 2008. Between 2009-13 with the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Blanton posted a 4.82 ERA in 736 innings. The most memorable moment of his career may have been when he hit a home run off of Edwin Jackson in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series.

Best of luck to Blanton in his post-baseball life.

  1. miguelcairo - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM


    • renaado - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Retired (from Baseball) in peace.

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        Haha XD! Nice one Ren!

  2. taftfan88 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Wow, judging by the picture he lost a ton of weight. Hope he can keep it off.

  3. hardballtalkusername - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!” – every MLB hitter.

  4. maddogg911 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Maybe he can play Canadian football with chad 8-5

    • jrbdmb - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      In a few years he’ll be old enough to try a comeback with the Phillies.

    • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Canadian what now? Please interpret to us baseball fans specifically on what that truly means 8-).

  5. missingdiz - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Oh well, we won’t have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. A ten-year career w/ a 4.50 ERA and he made $38.7 million. I don’t know what I was laughing about. I’d have to work another few centuries to make that much.

    • tuberippin - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:37 AM

      “A ten-year career w/ a 4.50 ERA and he made $38.7 million. I don’t know what I was laughing about.”

      Also a World Series title and a cool moment in a World Series game.

    • paperlions - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      He must have made more than that. He signed a $24M 3-yr deal with Philly and a $15M 2-yr deal with LAA.

      • Detroit Michael - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        paperlions is right. Blanton’s last $8.5M of pay isnt listed in his career total earnings on, bringing his career total to almost $47.2M.

  6. gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Maybe the Pirates can lure him out of retirement and straighten him out, like they did with Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez (1.29 ERA! 1.9 BB/9!). Blanton just signed with teams he couldn’t help because they couldn’t help HIM.

  7. bender4700 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Retired, told he isn’t needed. Whatever.

    Man did he drop fast.

  8. gothapotamus90210 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Hopefully the Phillies invite him back for alumni weekend. He’d get a pretty big ovation for Game 4.

  9. greymares - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    One of the great examples that you don’t have to be athletic to play baseball. there’s a spot for anyone.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Playoffs 2010:

    Yea, you three have it, I’m good

    I did like the guy on a personal level

  11. rjmarrella - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Heavy Joe B! Philly loves you!

  12. xmatt0926x - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I guess all players wish they were Hall of Famers, but he played a decade in the majors, won a ring that he made major contributions to, and made millions. Not too shabby.

    • jimatkins - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Well, it’s pretty shabby if your team was dumb enough to give him that last contract. Angels are rapidly becoming the #1 team drowning in dead payroll obligations.

  13. [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM


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