Former Royals All-Star Closer Announces Retirement

Adam Taylor McKillop
Former Kansas City Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria announced his retirement on Wednesday night.
Former Kansas City Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria announced his retirement on Wednesday night. / Ed Zurga/GettyImages
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After 14 successful seasons closing ball games and working as a late-inning reliever, Joakim Soria announced his retirement from the MLB.

Soria's agent broke the news to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night.

Joakim Soria Retirement

Soria began his career with four dominant seasons with the Kansas City Royals. The two-time All-Star ended up playing on nine different teams, but enjoyed his most successful seasons in Kansas City.

The dominant four-year run at the beginning of Soria's career resulted in 132 saves, 192 games finished and a stifling 2.01 ERA.

Soria left the Royals after Tommy John surgery in 2011 before his second stint in Kansas City from 2016-17. The 14-year veteran ranks third on the all-time Royals list in saves (162) and games finished (267) behind only Royals legends Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry.


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