Former all-star edwin jackson took to instagram tonight to officially announce his retirement from major league baseball. the right-hander pitched parts of 17 seasons in the majors, reaching the highest level each year from 2003-19. jackson dressed for 14 different mlb teams, setting the all-time record for the most uniforms worn.
“19 years ago today, I was blessed with the opportunity to lace up and step onto the field to make my debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Jackson wrote. “Today I am happily hanging up my shoes and closing out a 22-year baseball career.” Jackson went on to thank his wife, parents, sisters, children and the rest of his family before expressing his gratitude to various coaches, trainers and doctors who helped him. “This game has taught me many life lessons and allowed me to evolve into the person I am today! I will always have memories that will live within me of the game that I love and have dedicated my life to. thank you baseball for an incredible life experience that I will never forget ”, he concluded.
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A sixth-round draft pick of the Dodgers out of a Georgia high school in 2001, Jackson emerged as one of the top pitching prospects in the sport shortly thereafter. he broke into the big leagues exactly 19 years ago on his 20th birthday, starting three of four appearances down the stretch. He was on and off the Angels’ active roster for the next two seasons before being traded to the then-Devil Rays during the 2005-06 offseason.
Jackson worked primarily as a reliever in his first season in Tampa Bay, but he had a complete turnaround of starts in the 2007 campaign. That started a streak of seven straight seasons in which he topped 30 starts and 160 innings. . jackson pitched in tampa bay until 2008 before being traded to the tigers for outfielder matt joyce. he pitched a career-best 214 innings the following year, posting a 3.62 ERA. jackson earned a stellar wink with a 2.52 mark during the first half of that season.
The following offseason, his nomadic career continued. Detroit sent Jackson to the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team blockbuster that scored Detroit’s Max Scherzer and sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees. his stint in the desert was brief enough (he would end up traded again at the deadline that summer), but it provided one of the most memorable moments of his career. On June 25, 2010, he pitched a no-hitter against his former team at Tropicana Field. he threw a staggering 149 pitches in the outing, striking out six but walking eight. then-manager a.j. Hinch stuck with Jackson despite his high pitch count, completing one of the most notable single-game performances by a player in recent memory.
Shortly thereafter, the last-place club dealt Jackson to the White Sox in a trade that landed Daniel Hudson in Arizona. Jackson pitched well in 11 starts down the stretch, and had another solid start in 2011. However, the White Sox fell out of contention last season and he was on the move again. The Blue Jays acquired Jackson from the White Sox on the morning of July 27, but his stint in Toronto lasted only a few hours. Toronto quickly turned him over to the Cardinals in a deal that sent Colby Rasmus north of the border.
jackson played at st. louis for the second half, throwing an era of 3.58 in 12 starts. he made four postseason starts, and though his playoff numbers weren’t great, the Cardinals clinched the World Series title in a dramatic series over the Rangers. Fresh from winning a title, Jackson signed with the Nationals during his first trip through free agency. He spent the 2012 campaign in the Nationals rotation, helping Washington to its first playoff appearance since he moved to D.C.
The next winter, Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million pact with the Cubs. he continued to absorb innings but didn’t post particularly strong numbers in chicago. after two and a half seasons, he was released. That started an even faster journey around the league, as Jackson suited up with the Braves, Marlins, Padres, Orioles, Nationals (again), A’s, Blue Jays and Tigers (again) for the next four years. He alternated between the rotation and the bullpen throughout that time, generally serving as a depth option.
although jackson signed a minor league contract with the diamondbacks in 2020, he did not return to the majors. he appeared in the usa uu. Olympic team last summer and expressed a desire to return to the big leagues, but he did not get another chance with an affiliated organization.
In all, Jackson pitched in 412 major league games. he pitched 1,960 innings with a 4.78 ERA, struck out just over 1,500 batters and won 107 games. According to Baseball Reference, Jackson racked up more than $66mm in earnings and unbelievably logged some action for nearly half the league. mlbtr congratulates jackson on his long and successful career and wishes him all the best in his retirement.