Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants

Ryan Vogelsong to retire as member of Giants”

He will officially retire as a member of the Giants.

After some cursory investigating, Major League Baseball pitcher Ryan Vogelsong does not appear to be dead or dying, so it's unclear why the San Francisco Giants are recognizing a guy who played with the team for approximately six undistinguished seasons over a 17-year career.

"We are so excited to honor Ryan and touched that as one of our home-grown players his career will officially end where it all began for him", said Giants GM Bobby Evans in a statement within the release. He went 48-46 over the next five seasons with San Francisco and was part of the 2012 and '14 World Series-winning rosters. "He is a World Series Champion and a forever Giant". In Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals with the Giants trailing the series 3-2, Vogelsong threw seven solid innings, allowing one run on four hits and had nine strikeouts in a 6-1 home victory that forced a seventh game.

Vogelsong spent several years with the Pirates too, of course, moving to Pittsburgh in the Jason Schmidt trade in 2001. He appeared in just two games for the Pirates before he required Tommy John surgery that kept him out of the Majors until the end of the 2003 season. He pitched for Pittsburgh through 2006 before heading to Japan for three years, then back to the USA with minor-league teams. His career was revitalized as he established himself as a dominant force in the fifth spot in the Giants' 2011 rotation after Barry Zito was injured. He was an All-Star in 2011, finishing the campaign with a 2.71 ERA - by far the best single-season mark of his career.

It's hard to have super strong opinions about a guy like Ryan Vogelsong, but something about this press release makes me feel good.

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