He tried and he tried, but his body just wouldn’t cooperate. That’s the story for Ted Lilly, who finally decided it was time to hang up the cleats as reported by a Venezuelan news outlet, El Universal.
Lilly, 37, spent a very short amount of time with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 though was let go after posting a 5.09 ERA in just 23 innings. The southpaw had attempted to return to the big leagues, but injuries and diminished skills all but put an end to his attempted ‘comeback’.
“My body in general is telling me that I can’t take any more,” Lilly told Guzman. “I feel like I don’t have the ability to continue at the Major League level.”
Despite a somewhat slow start to his career, Lilly eventually became a very solid rotation starter, posting five out of six seasons between 2007 and 2012 with an ERA below 4.00. Lilly also made two All-Star game appearances, though, will most likely be remembered for his famed, glove-throwing meltdown on the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Lilly will finish his career with 130 wins and a 4.14 ERA in nearly 2,000 innings.