Just days after being designated for assignment following his second straight poor outing starting for the Cleveland Indians, veteran pitcher Bruce Chen has announced his retirement. In a series of tweets announcing the move he thanks his family, his fans, and the 13 teams he has played for in his 22-year career.
His announcement can be seen below, condensed from a string of tweets (@ChenMusic) for readability.
Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate. I would like to thank my wife my kids mom dad and extended family for their support throughout my baseball career. A special Thanks to the Brave, Phillies, Mets, Expos, Reds, Astros, Redsox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rangers, Royals and Indians. These last 22yrs, I have played and faced the best players in the world, lived in great cities and made long lasting memories and friends. I am looking forward to spending time with my wife and kids in my new journey begins today. Thank you to all the fans for all the great memories. I am very grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to pitch this long.
Chen ends his career with 82 wins, which puts him as the winningest Panamanian pitcher in major league history, tied with the great Mariano Rivera who also won 82 games over his storied career in the closer role for the New York Yankees.
While his short stint as a Cleveland Indian was far from successful (Chen racked up a 12.79 ERA in 2 awful starts), he's always been respected around the league as a good personality and a generally good player to be around. The statistical high point of his career came with his time as a Kansas City Royals starting pitcher where he put a sub-4.00 ERA twice in three years (3.77 in 2011, 3.27 in 2013).
Good luck, Bruce.