Jayson Werth calls it a career after 21 years

Chris Lingebach
June 27, 2018 - 4:36 pm

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After 36 games with Seattle's Triple-A affiliate, and 21 years from the time he was drafted, Jayson Werth is calling it a career.

Unsigned all offseason, the 39-year-old outfielder signed a minor-league deal with Seattle in March. He was assigned to Class-AAA Tacoma, where he slashed .206/.297/.389 with four home runs and 19 RBI, not enough to prove his way back to the big leagues.

Via Jon Heyman:

Werth didn't use the word retirement when we spoke by phone Wednesday afternoon, but he made it clear where he stands.

"I’m done … whatever you want to call it," he said.

After more than two decades of running into walls, sliding into bases and hitting clutch homers, that was it. Just like that.

And then he said something that was quite satisfying for him.

"No regrets, man."

Werth played his last game in Nashville on June 08, the last time he would ever step on a professional diamond as a player.

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His last Major League game was played in Washington – a Game 5 defeat to the Cubs in the NLDS on Oct. 12, 2017 – where he spent seven seasons. Between 2011 and 2017, he slashed .263/.355/.433 for a .788 OPS, with 109 homers, 162 doubles and drew 403 walks in 808 games.

Werth walks away with 300 doubles, 22 triples, 229 home runs and 799 RBI, with 132 stolen bases and a career line of .267/.360/.455, and walks off a World Series champion (2009, Phillies).

Fans may have one last chance to see Werth play, as he'll apparently participate in an upcoming tournament of former big-leaguers – dubbed the "Bluegrass World Series" – in Louisville. The rosters include names like Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson, David Ross, Roy Oswalt and Jonathan Papelbon. It's described as a tournament "that celebrates the game of baseball" and is slated to be played between July 30 and August 4.

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