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Former Phillies Pitcher Kyle Lohse Announces His Retirement Over a Beer


Former Phillies right-hander Kyle Lohse was released by the Kansas City Royals last Thursday. Over the weekend, he announced and toasted his own retirement while chilling out at a Royals minor league game and having a beer, posting the picture on Instagram. From Lohse:

“It’s been a hell of a ride! Baseball, you’ve taken me a lot of places I’ve never thought or even dreamed of. The highs. The lows. The people I’ve met. The teammates I’ve had the pleasure of battling alongside. The guys on the other teams I’ve had the pleasure of battling against. Time to take it to the house knowing I gave it all I had each and every time.”

That’s a guy who knows how to hang the cleats up the right way the right way!

Lohse, 39, signed with the Royals on a minor-league deal in March and was working with the club’s Class AAA team in Omaha until his May 10 release. He struggled this year with Omaha, giving up 12 runs on 17 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

He signed a three-year, $33 million deal in Milwaukee just before the start of the 2013 season, a signing that was controversial at the time since it cost the Brewers a subsequent first-round draft selection as part of MLB’s compensation process.

Lohse was strong during his first two years of the deal. He threw just over than 198 innings in both seasons and posting ERAs of 3.35 and 3.54.

Overall in his three years with the Brewers, he posted a 29-32 record with a 4.11 ERA in 549 innings of work.

Lohse was also a workhorse during his years with the Twins and Cardinals. In all, he spent 16 seasons in the big leagues and cleared 175 innings in 10 of those. His last big-league action came in 2016 when he saw just two games with the Texas Rangers.

Although his time in Philadelphia was brief, we here at the pub would all like to raise our pints as well and toast a very nice career!

Cheers Kyle!

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