Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal announced that Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster will not be pitching in the 2014 season. Josh Hill had a summary of the initial rumblings of the announcement, hinting that Dempster may elect to pitch at the end of the season. In a press conference Sunday morning in front of several media members, Dempster cleared many issues up.
Pedroia, Napoli, entire starting staff, much of the front office came outside to watch Dempster's final press conference. He was well-liked.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) February 16, 2014
Ryan Demspter, who announces he won't pitch this season for #Redsox, jokes with Farrell that he'll have to find another opening-day starter
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 16, 2014
Dempster said he has disc problems in his neck and isn't capable of pitching like he wants to. #redsox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 16, 2014
Quote from Dempster that is rarely heard in world of sports: "I have enough money."
— Tom (@Haudricourt) February 16, 2014
The 36-year-old Canadian signed a 2-year, $26.5 million contract with Boston after splitting time in 2012 between the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. In the press conference, Ryan Dempster said that he would not pitch at all in 2014, ruling out a possible appearance late in the season. He also said that he was not officially retiring from the sport.
Ryan Dempster has 16 years of Major League service under his belt, having pitched for the Marlins, Reds, Cubs, Rangers, and Red Sox. He spent six years as a starter before spending three seasons as the closer for the Cubs, and then reverting back to the starting rotation in 2008. He was traded to the Rangers in 2012, as a means to help Texas during their late season push to the playoffs, which they never made. When he signed in Boston, he was used mostly as a starter, making 29 starts for the club, but shifted to a long relief role later in the season.
For his career, Dempster is 132-133 with a 4.35 ERA, 87 saves, and 2075 strikeouts over 2387.0 innings pitched.
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