Fuentes announces his retirement

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

As the Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star newspaper explains in this article, lefty reliever Brian Fuentes has officially announced his retirement from baseball. That means that Fuentes’ 12-year career ended with the Cardinals, who signed the reliever to a contract while searching for left-handed help in July.

Fuentes made six appearances before telling the club that he needed to return to his home in California. He gave the Cardinals little indication why he was leaving but was put on the restricted list for the rest of the season. That took the Cards off the hook for having to pay the rest of Fuentes’ salary.

Fuentes is quoted by the Sun-Star as saying that the distance between St. Louis and his family took a toll and was the reason for his decision to step away. He became a free agent after the season but never pursued signing elsewhere.

A 25th-round selection in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, Fuentes finishes his career with a 3.62 ERA in 650 relief appearances. He pitched for six organizations.

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