News of a pitcher retiring slipped under the radar for most folks yesterday.
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported that Joe Blanton decided to retire. At the time, Blanton was a member of the Oakland Athletics. He had been released from the Angels, along with Tommy Hanson on March 26th, and the Athletics signed him the day the season opened.
Joe Blanton pitched for 10 years in the Majors, never more than a middle of the rotation guy, amassing an 85-89 record with a career 4.51 ERA. He played for Oakland, Philadelphia, and both Los Angeles teams. He is still owed money by the Angels as a result of a guaranteed contract signed before 2013. Los Angeles still owes him $7.5 million, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that his career earnings are around $47 million.