After pitching in over 300 games during a 13-year career, pitcher Jake Westbrook has decided to retire.
“The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to go through the grind of another year and be away from my family,” Westbrook told Rob Rains of STL Sports Page on Friday. “I was kind of 50-50 on whether I wanted to play anyway. I’m good with the decision.”
Westbrook finished his career with the Cardinals—acquired via trade with Cleveland in 2010. The right-hander went 36-32 for St. Louis and was the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
Very popular in the clubhouse, Westbrook was shown the respect of starting the final game of the 2013 season—throwing one scoreless inning against the Chicago Cubs before Joe Kelly took over in relief.
Always a stand-up player and true professional, everyone at St. Louis Baseball Weekly wishes Jake and his family the best on the retirement.