Sep 24, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hat a glove before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya retires from Major League Baseball

You probably haven’t heard the name Joel Zumaya in quite a while. That’s because the 29-year-old pitcher hasn’t seen any Major League action since the 2010 season where he last posted a 2.58 ERA.

The hard throwing Zumaya was a force in the Detroit Tigers bullpen, but unfortunately began dealing with arm injury after arm injury and it’s become too much as the San Diego native decided to hang up the cleats, this according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.

Another retirement to report: RHP Joel Zumaya is officially done. Ex-#Tiger last saw major league time in 2010.

Zumaya will end his Major League career with a 3.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 210 strikeouts in 209 innings.

Zumaya’s best season came during his rookie year in 2006 where he blew the opposition away thanks to his somewhat funky delivery and fireball stuff, throwing a career high 83.1 innings, fanning 97 batters in the process. He ended that season with a 1.94 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.

Over the course of the next four seasons, Zumaya would not eclipse 38 innings in any season due to injury.

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