Anibal Sanchez, 116 wins in total, announces retirement

Right-handed starter Anibal Sanchez (39), who played for 16 seasons in the major leagues, announced his retirement from active play.

Sanchez said on his Instagram on the 17th (Korean time), “For the past 17 years, the Lord has given me the opportunity to live great moments on and off the field. I have been passionate about baseball since I was a child, and I am delighted that my dream was able to become a reality.”

After playing안전놀이터 for the Washington Nationals last season in 2022, Sanchez has remained a wild man without a team this season. In fact, he was retired, but this time he made it official.

Anibal Sanchez helped Washington win the World Series in 2019. Photo =ⓒAFPBBNews = News1
Born in Venezuela, Sanchez debuted in the big leagues with the Florida Marlins in 2006 and recorded 116-119 with a 4.06 ERA in 364 appearances over 16 seasons.

He was at his prime in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched 182 innings in 29 games, posted an earned run average of 2.57, the lowest in the American League, and ranked fourth in Cy Young voting.

Along with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, he led Detroit’s starting rotation to three consecutive postseason appearances from 2012 to 2014. In 2012, he made it to the World Series, but did not win.

One of the championship rings was released in 2019. As a member of the Washington Nationals, he contributed to the team’s World Series victory by giving up five runs in 18 innings in three postseason appearances.

He said, “Over the course of my career, I met many colleagues who fought tirelessly to reach the big leagues like me. The words were different and the culture was different, but we learned about each other with a humble heart and became a team. I appreciate all of you teaching. The Lord has made a way for me to go to all people, whether they are cheering or criticizing. Thank you for being part of the Lord’s perfect plan.”

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