After playing for no less than 14 major league baseball teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, pitcher Edwin Jackson announced his retirement on Saturday.
The 39-year-old right-hander of German origin surprised no one by bowing out. His last appearance on the mound for a major league team was on September 28, 2019, when he played with the Detroit Tigers.
A few months earlier, when he played his first game with the Queen City team, Jackson became the first player in Manfred Tour history to play for 14 teams.
“I'm happy to hang up my cleats today [Saturday] , he wrote on Instagram. I'm very grateful that 14 different organizations have allowed me to represent them.”
Beyond playing a game with almost half of major league baseball teams, Jackson has participated in the All-Star Game in 2009 and helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. He also had a scoreless game with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.
In addition to teams mentioned, Jackson played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, White Sox and Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics.
“It proves that I showed a lot of perseverance, he boasted. I never gave up. For me, the harder it was, the harder I worked, and the more I wanted to prove that I had what it took to score major league strikeouts.”