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World Series Champion Reliever Announces His Retirement

A baseball with MLB logo is seen at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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There was a time, in the 2010s, in which Sean Doolittle was one of the best and most dominant left-handed relievers in baseball.

That was the case until not so long ago.

In fact, he won a World Series with the Washington Nationals in 2019, just before the team disbanded.

He was the co-closer with right-hander Daniel Hudson, and together formed a formidable late-inning duo.

Now, Doolittle has announced that his career as an active player is over.

He made the announcement himself via Twitter, with three pictures: one with a long, heartfelt statement, one posing with Oakland Athletics fans, and the last one celebrating the World Series title with thousands of Nationals fans in 2019.

In the statement, Doolittle expressed his gratitude after “11 incredible seasons playing the sport I love.”

He tells the story of how the A’s salvaged his career by making him transition to the mound after a failed stint as a first baseman, and how the nation’s capital opened itself to him and his family.

Doolittle thanked his managers, coaches, fellow players, the MLBPA, his family, and fans for making a truly successful career possible.

The lefty is retiring with a rock-solid 3.20 ERA in 450.2 innings with the A’s, Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners.

His best individual season came in 2018, when he posted a 1.60 ERA in 45 frames, with 60 strikeouts.

He was very dominant in his prime, and racked up 112 saves in 138 total opportunities.

He made his living in late, high-leverage innings and thrived more often than not.

Happy trails to one of the most impressive relievers of the past decade.

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