Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after ten productive seasons - his first five years with the Tampa Bay Rays, before bouncing between four teams in five years, and finally closing out his last two years with the Washington Nationals.
Hellickson's shoulder issues have been well-documented, along with the adjustments he has tried to make over his career to ease those issues. MLB Insider Craig Mish first reported that Jeremy's shoulder issues were a problem for the 2020 season, and hinted that Hellickson might retire.
Back in 2014, Hellickson's last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, it was pretty obvious there were issues with his pitching. Daniel Russel of DraysBay.com wrote an in-depth report on Hellickson's pitching issues.
As for his retirement, Hellickson, from Des Moines, IA, texted Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register and said that he "would have had to get surgery and rehab again so decided it was best."
Despite the struggles Hellickson has dealt with over the last few years, the righty had a productive career. According to Baseball Reference, he leaves MLB with a respectable 4.03 lifetime ERA and a 1.253 WHIP. While his winning percentage of .503 and a 76-75 record isn't stellar, Jeremy leaves the game of baseball having earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 when he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA with Tampa Bay. He won a Gold Glove the very next season with the same club.
Jeremy spent his last two seasons with the Washington Nationals and struggled with injuries. While he was able to pitch sporadically, he was forced to ride the bench during the postseason. Hellickson still contributed to the Nationals' World Series Championship, however, and has a ring to take with him into retirement.