After 11 seasons of highly consistent work in the bullpen, one-time All-Star lefty reliever Tony Watson announced his retirement from the MLB.
Watson spend the better part of the past four seasons with the San Francisco Giants, however, lingering shoulder issues held him from signing in free agency this past offseason.
Tony Watson Retirement
Consistency marks the trajectory of Watson's 11-year career. In total, he pitched to a career 2.90 ERA including a 1.083 WHIP and 109 games finished across 689 appearances.
Watson was selected in three separate MLB Drafts, once out of high school and twice with the University of Nebraska. He ultimately embarked on his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who took him in the ninth round of the 2007 draft.
The lefty reliever spent seven years in Pittsburgh, racking up a 2.68 ERA and 380 strikeouts in 450 appearances. His lone All-Star appearance came in 2014 when he led the NL with 78 appearances and tallied a 1.63 ERA in 77.1 innings of work.
He spent the final four years of his career mainly with the Giants, but saw two mid-season swaps - one to the Los Angeles Dodgers and one back to the Giants from the Los Angeles Angels.
Watson even pitched to a 2.96 ERA down the stretch with the 107-win Giants last year, but the shoulder strain kept him off the mound and roster in the postseason.
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