On Monday, MLB relief pitcher Darren O'Day announced his retirement.In a post on Twitter reflecting on "a wild voyage that I never dreamed I'd get to experience," the 40-year-old announced his choice.
The demands on my time, energy, and mind have finally surpassed my enthusiasm for the game, according to O'Day. "I didn't know if I could compete in MLB when I started in 2006,
but I was determined to keep going until someone told me I couldn't. I'm hoping that my experience may serve as motivation for everyone out there who approaches things a bit differently."
O'Day recalls being rejected by the NFL after a walk-on season at the University of Florida.
The right-hander tricked hitters with an unconventional sidearm delivery even though he infrequently touched 90 mph on the speed gun.
With a 2.59 lifetime ERA over 15 seasons with seven different teams, he uncharacteristically developed into one of MLB's most dependable relievers.
O'Day has 644 appearances, which is the most of any pitcher still in the game.O'Day was selected for the 2015 All-Star Game after finishing the year with a 1.52 ERA
and a career-high 82 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. From 2012 to 2015, he was a dominant setup man for the Baltimore Orioles, compiling an ERA of 1.92.
O'Day's unorthodox career came to an end in 2022 when he pitched 21.1 innings with the Atlanta Braves and gave up 10 earned runs.
I feel myself blessed because I got to meet so many different people along the way, O'Day said. "Playing for six teams is a blessing.