Posts Tagged ‘Retirement’

Jayson Werth has retired from professional baseball.

“I’m done … whatever you want to call it,” Werth told Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. “No regrets, man.”

Werth, 39, a veteran of 15 MLB seasons, was most recently playing for the Seattle Mariners‘ Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers before a hamstring injury put him on the shelf.

Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, Werth made his major-league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 before a 2004 trade sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he won a World Series in 2008 and made his lone All-Star appearance in 2009, before spending the final seven years of his career as a fixture for the Washington Nationals.

All told, Werth posted a career line of .267/.360/.455 with 229 home runs, 300 doubles, and 132 stolen bases over 1,583 games.

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with Sky Sports in the UK to promote the upcoming WWE UK Title tournament in London. Michaels and Triple H will be appearing live at Royal Albert Hall that night.

Regarding a possible return to the ring, The Heartbreak Kid said he would be receptive to an offer but he gave the warning that fans would not be seeing the same competitor he was in his prime.

“I’ve been retired for eight years now and when it got to the five-year mark I thought people would start asking me but they just kind of stopped,” Michaels said. “I think it’s one of those that you would never say never about and if it was just for a one-off then it’s something that I would take a look at. It would have to be done the right way and just for one match rather than something that ran for longer. It could be possible but people would have to accept they wouldn’t be getting the Showstopper, Mr WrestleMania, and that I’m 52 years old now.”

Michaels said the most likely option for a ring return would be in a tag team match, perhaps another DX reunion, but he also said there are several current WWE Superstars who he would have loved to lock up with such as WWE Champion AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan or Johnny Gargano.

“If it was the Shawn Michaels of 10 years ago I would love to have gotten in the ring with so many of the guys that are competing today,” The Showstopper said. “AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan would be good, and then there’s the guys in NXT too. Someone like a Johnny Gargano would be fantastic. But for a one-off match now, I’d need it to be a tag-team match where Hunter (Triple H) and I can just do a few crotch chops and have some fun.”

From a winner on The Ultimate Fighter to becoming the middleweight champion, Michael Bisping left a lasting impression on the world of MMA and the UFC. Bisping announced his retirement on his podcast “Believe You Me” on Monday following more complications from a detached retina he suffered years ago.

“You can’t do it forever,” Bisping said. “I’ve done it for a long time. I’ve got issues with my eye and after the (Kelvin) Gastelum fight, I started having issues with my good eye.”

Bisping did add that a bout between himself and fellow former TUF winner and ex-UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was at one time being considered, but said it’s “probably a good thing” the bout never happened.

The 39-year-old Bisping won Season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter and is the only British competitor to ever claim UFC gold. He knocked out Luke Rockhold for the belt in 2016, defended it vs. Dan Henderson and was toppled by Georges St-Pierre last year.

A few weeks after the loss to GSP, Bisping replaced Anderson Silva vs. Gastelum and suffered another loss. He finishes his career 30-9 overall, including a UFC record 29 bouts. Bisping is tied with GSP and Donald Cerrone at 20 wins inside the Octagon.

 

Marian Hossa, a veteran of 19 NHL seasons, announced the end of his playing career Saturday.

“I’m done playing hockey,” he told Slovak newspaper Novy cas, as translated by NHL.com. “I have a contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have to watch my health, and my body says the comeback is not possible.”

Hossa missed the 2017-18 season due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medication used to treat it.

“Before the season, the NHL sent me to a clinic in Minneapolis to see a specialist who confirmed that it’s impossible to play hockey when using those (anti-allergic) medicaments,” he said. “I have to be aware of what might happen and I don’t want to get back to the state I had been in during the previous seasons.”

It’s unclear what will happen with the remaining three years of Hossa’s contract, as the Blackhawks could again place him on long-term injured reserve, or even possibly trade him.

“Let’s see how this is done in the club,” he said. “Maybe my contract changes to another club, I can not say yet, or I will stay on the list of injured players.”

Slovak publication Dennik Sport recently reported that Hossa was planning to meet with Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and president John McDonough to discuss a potential new role within the organization, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers.

“I can only do it after the expiration of the contract,” Hossa said. “I have already talked to the boss of the club, so it’s real that after three years I will work in the Chicago organization.”

One of the best two-way forwards of his generation, Hossa finishes his career with 1,134 points in 1,309 games. He spent seven years with the Ottawa Senators to begin his career before a blockbuster trade sent him to Atlanta in exchange for Dany Heatley. After brief stints in Pittsburgh and Detroit, where he helped both teams reach the Stanley Cup Final, he joined the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he spent the last eight seasons of his career, winning three Stanley Cups.

After suffering a career-ending injury in January, current SmackDown Live general manager Paige had a hard time accepting that she could never perform in the ring again. It took her four months to finally announce her retirement in an emotional speech on Monday Night RAW the night after WrestleMania 34. Paige opened up to Edge and Christian on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness about how she was able to get some closure after her retirement speech.

“I had to actually go home back to England for like 8 or 9 days to get my Visa fixed, so I literally didn’t do any work, I was just with my family. It was definitely the best for me. It gave me a minute to figure out what just happened and allow it to sink in, but I feel good about it surprisingly,” Paige said. “I remember you [Edge] telling me that after I were to finish with my promo I would have this huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, and that it would be great closure, and then to be announced as the [SmackDown Live] general manager the next day, it’s kind of like winning the lottery for me. It’s a different role and I love it. I absolutely love it. I get to be a boss. I’m a woman that gets to be a boss.”

Edge was actually backstage at RAW the night that Paige retired. He was also forced to retire due to a neck injury like Paige, so he was able to offer her advice and comfort before she made her speech. Paige said she received an outpouring of support from her fellow superstars backstage which she enjoyed, but she knew it wasn’t the end for her.

“I didn’t tell many people that I was going to retire, but when I saw you [Edge] I had to do the speech so it was perfect and asked if I could speak with you whenever you had a moment before I had to go out there. When people saw me afterwards–it was really hard afterwards because I was on the stage and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. This is it–closure,'” she said. “Then I came back into the curtain and people were crying, and I was like, you guys are making this so much worse. I said to myself that I got this, and that I am good, but then I went to the back and Stephanie [McMahon] grabbed me and hugged me for the longest time, which was lovely, and then Vince [McMahon] and Hunter [Triple H]. I felt like I died or something, like, ‘Oh, she was such a good person.’ I was like, ‘Guys, I didn’t die! I’m still here!'”

She is still here, as she was named general manager of SmackDown Live the night after he retirement. Paige said she was caught off-guard by the news because the WWE kept it a complete secret. She said she enjoyed the reception she received from fans because it showed her that they still want her to be a part of the WWE.

“It’s all secrecy. They didn’t want it to spoil it. They didn’t even tell me. They told me that I was going to SmackDown Live the next night. I had asked why, but they didn’t tell me. At that point, I had been touring a lot. Did a lot for WrestleMania week, so I was exhausted physically and mentally where I just wanted to go home so I was curious as to what was going on. I got to SmackDown the next day, Road Dogg, along with my writing team surround me and I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, am I about to be beat up. Do I owe you money?’ It was then they told me I was going to be the SmackDown general manager, but don’t tell anyone. We don’t even have the script yet,” she said. “I go through this thing where when I do something big I tend to lose my voice. When I re-debuted I lost my voice. When I did commentary at WrestleMania I lost my voice, it’s like, oh my God. What is wrong with me? Fix your voice! They told me that they had to check my voice because today was a very big day. By then I had already drank a bunch of tea and cough drops. Once I got out there the crowd was great, and received a bigger reception than my retirement speech the night previous. I was like, ‘Wow, this is super cool. You still want me around.'”

 

 

One of the NFL’s biggest defensive personalities is calling it a career, as free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall is retiring after 14 seasons in the league, he said Monday, per ESPN.

Hall, 34, played five games for the Washington Redskins last season. Originally the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 draft, he spent four seasons in Atlanta, eight games with the Oakland Raiders in 2008, and the last 9.5 seasons in Washington.

He’d suited up for just eight games over the past two years and hadn’t played a full 16-game schedule since the 2013 season.

The outspoken corner appeared in three Pro Bowls and won the Fastest Man competition at the 2005 event. He finishes his career with 43 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, two sacks, and 811 combined tackles across 171 games. He played in a total of four playoff contests with Washington and Atlanta.

Known for his intensity, Hall was fined $10,000 while with the Falcons in 2007 for carrying a poster of then-teammate Michael Vick onto the field and wearing “MV7” in the shade underneath his eyes. Vick, Hall’s former Virginia Tech teammate, had been sentenced to 23 months in prison on dog-fighting charges.

He was fined another $30,000 in 2012 for removing his helmet and confronting a referee in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers while playing for Washington.

The Falcons traded Hall to the Raiders for second-round and fifth-round picks following the 2007 season. He then signed a six-year extension worth $23 million guaranteed with his new team. However, he lasted just eight games before being released due to poor performance. He was signed to a one-year contract by Washington shortly after, and then signed a new six-year, $54-million deal the following offseason, according to Over The Cap.

Hall’s most memorable game came against the Chicago Bears in 2010, when he recorded four interceptions off of quarterback Jay Cutler.

ESPN confirmed Jason Witten will join its Monday Night Football broadcast next season as an analyst, after the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end officially announced his retirement Thursday from the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL.

Witten’s abrupt career change follows the path his former quarterback, Tony Romo, paved last year when he hung up his cleats for a broadcasting gig with CBS Sports.

“Jason’s passion, his insight, and his ability to clearly communicate his knowledge of the game impressed us,” ESPN executive vice president of content Connor Schell said in a news release. “He has the potential to be an exceptional analyst and we can’t wait to get started.”

Cowboys fans will have an opportunity to welcome the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions back to the Big D as a broadcaster Nov. 5, when his old mates host the Tennessee Titans.