Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett retires after 14 MLB seasons

Josh Beckett retires
Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is retiring after 14 MLB seasons.

Beckett’s season and career came to an end when the Dodgers were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series on Tuesday. He would have been a free agent this offseason.

Beckett, 34, went 6-6 this season with a a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts, including throwing a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in May. He finished the season on the disabled list for a torn labrum in his left hip that will require surgery. He also missed most of the 2013 season after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.

“I just don't see me going through that rehab and coming back to pitch at this point in my life," Beckett said, according to

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Beckett, a three-time All-Star, won two World Series titles and was the World Series MVP in 2003 with the Florida Marlins after closing out the New York Yankees in Game 6 on three days rest.

He was also was the ALCS MVP in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox, helping that team win a championship. He was traded to Los Angeles in August 2012 in a deal that also included Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

He finishes his career with a 138-106 record, 3.88 ERA and 1,901 strikeouts.

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