REPORT: Cliff Lee to retire

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Cliff Lee is set to retire. (Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Cliff Lee is set to retire. (Photo: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX sports, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee is set to retire.

This news comes as not much of a surprise to fans who saw Lee get placed on the 60-day disabled list last spring for a tear in his elbow and elected a rest-and-rehab approach rather than surgery. Fans believed that he would never pitch again that way when the team gave an update or bullpen session, they would ‘t be let down by an inevitable set-back or delay.

Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, told Rosenthal, “We don’t anticipate him playing at this point.”

There were rumors every few weeks this off season that said Lee was trying to latch on to a contender in one last hope for a World Series title, something he has yet to be able to reach in his 13-year career. Now there seems to be another plan in place for the 37-year old since he seems to be unable to recover from his elbow injuries of the past two years or his inability to pitch at a high level.

Between 2008-2013 among starters with at least 500 innings pitched, Lee had the second lowest ERA (2.89), was first in FIP (2.85), second in quality start percentage (72.6%) and first in SO/BB (6.11). All five of the “super rotation” of 2011 were ranked in the top 37 (Lee at 1, Roy Halladay at 2, Cole Hamels at 5, Roy Oswalt at 13 and Joe Blanton at 37) in that list.

Going forward, it is unlikely that Lee will be able to make a case for a Hall of Fame induction, but he will go out as one of the greatest pitchers in an era that will surly have a long list of Hall of Fame pitchers.

Stay with Pattisonave.com for updates as this is a developing story. 

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