Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, after 16 MLB seasons, LHP Andrew Miller has announced his retirement from baseball. In a text to Goold, Miller said the following…
“The list of people who took me aside, put their arm around me, made me laugh when I needed to, or taught me something is endless. It’s safe to say I would have been faced with the next chapter much earlier on if it weren’t for them. As someone who thought their career was practically over in 2010, to be able to experience everything I did along the way is incredible. You shouldn’t ever hear complaints from me. It was a heck of a run.”
Miller signed a 2-year/$25MM contract with the Cardinals in December of 2018 with a club option for 2021. His 2019 season, Andrew went 5-6 with a 4.45 ERA with 70 strikeouts & 6 saves in 54 2/3 innings of relief for St. Louis. He went 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 2020, and last season didn’t record a win or loss, had a 4.75 ERA and recorded 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.
Over his 16 year career, Miller played for the Detroit Tigers (2006-2007), Florida Marlins (2008-2010), Boston Red Sox (2011-2014), Baltimore Orioles (2014), New York Yankees (2015-2016) and Cleveland Indians (2016-2018) before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals (2019-2021).
He was a 2 x All Star (2016, 2017), World Series Champion (2013), ALCS MVP (2016), AL Reliever of the Year (2015).
For his career, Miller finished with a 55-55 record, 4.03 ERA, 979 strikeouts, 63 saves, 141 holds in 829 innings.
The last part of Miller’s text message read “I feel very fortunate that my career worked out the way that it did. Of course there were tough stretches, injuries, and times of doubt. I also won’t deny that I can find myself in moments of wondering what if this or that had happened differently, could it have somehow been better? I’m usually pretty quick to be able to step back though and see how lucky I have been. The hard times were necessary for me to grow and to be able to appreciate the highs along the way. Ultimately, I was able to play for many great franchises, wear historic uniforms, and play in some amazing ballparks. I made some of the best friends I will ever have in life through the game. I was able to work with the union and see the good it can do for players while learning so much about the game.”
text quotes per Derrick Good (St. Louis Post-Dispatch & MLB Trade Rumors)
link to Derrick Goold’s article here: https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/he-changed-the-game-andrew-miller-who