Former Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jeff Suppan announced his retirement today after seventeen seasons in the majors. He purposefully waited to make the announcement until 2 p.m. Pacific time on Jan. 2 in memory of his late mother who died at that time exactly six years ago. Coincidentally, today is also Suppan’s 39th birthday.
Suppan was drafted in the second-round by the Boston Red Sox in 1993. During his career, he made stops in Kansas City, Arizona, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and most recently San Diego. He owns a career record of 140-146 and a 4.70 ERA.
“After seventeen Major League seasons, I’ve squeezed everything out of my ability,” Suppan said. “I am both honored and blessed to have played the game with some of the greatest teammates and coaches. Baseball will always hold a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
The Brewers signed Suppan to a four-year, $42 million contract in 2006 after his heroics in NL Championship Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the deal turned out to be one of the worst contracts in Milwaukee Brewers history, as Suppan was never able to recapture his postseason glory. But we did get to see him make his soap-opera debut, along with Chris Capuano, Bill Hall, and J.J. Hardy. That was cool.
Suppan last pitched in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres in 2012. He was designated for assignment after going 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA.
Now that his baseball career is at an end, Suppan will focus his energy on operating his popular restaurant, Soup’s Sports Grill, located in Los Angeles, with his wife Dana.