Oh Seung-hwan’s former colleague, member of the winning Dodgers… 144th overall McGee ‘retires’

Left-handed reliever Jake McGee (37) has finished his 13-year career as a major league player. 

The US ‘Tampa Bay Times’ announced McGee’s retirement from active duty on the 4th (Korean time). “I feel like now is the right time,” McGee said. I like being at home with my family. He played 13 years, and even won the 2020 World Series. Now is the time to stop,” he said, adding that as his knee condition is not good, it is impossible to extend his active duty any longer. 

The 193 cm, 103 kg left-handed pitcher McGee made his debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. He spent 13 seasons with 6 teams: Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. 

He pitched in relief in all 650 games of his career. He went 32-28 with 79 saves and 144 holds with a 3.71 earned run average. He pitched well, striking out 6134 in 572⅓ innings, reaching 9.6 per 9 innings. In 2014, he averaged a 97 mph (156.1 km) four-seam fastball.  스포츠토토

McGee, who developed into a key bullpen in Tampa Bay, was traded to Colorado in 2016 before remaining with the team on a three-year, $27 million free agent contract in December 2017. In 2018-2019, he also ate rice with Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung), a Korean pitcher who came to Colorado. 

However, McGee, who fell into slump after signing a free agency, was released from Colorado before the start of the corona-shortened season in July 2020. He later transferred to the Dodgers and succeeded in his revival. That year, he played in 24 games (20⅓ innings) with 3 wins, 1 loss, 6 holds, an ERA of 2.66 and 33 strikeouts, contributing to the Dodgers’ World Series victory. That year, he pitched a simple but powerful enough that his four-seam fastball rate reached 96.4%. 

After reviving with the Dodgers, he signed a free agent contract with San Francisco for two years and $7 million. He collected the most personal 31 saves by finishing in 2021, but was released during the season in the aftermath of a back injury in 2022 and moved the team from San Francisco to Milwaukee and back to Washington.

After a career-low season with a 6.81 ERA in 42 games, 1 win, 3 losses, 3 saves and 4 holds, McGee decided to retire. McGee, who has a special affection for Tampa Bay, who nominated him and made his debut, said that he would have time to visit Tropicana Car Field during the season and say hello to the fans.

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