Guardado looking at retiring

Rangers reliever Eddie Guardado appeared in his 906th game on Monday night, tying him with Cy Young for 21st place among all-time appearances for a pitcher.

He doesn’t have many more appearances left.

Guardado admitted that he is thinking about retiring at the end of this season.

“Yeah, I’m thinking about hanging it up,” Guardado admitted. “I can’t give you a definite. December rolls around, you start getting that edge and mama wants you gone. But it may be time. You got the young guys coming up, doing their thing. But when you leave the game, you just hope you’ve left an impression on the young kids and they do it the right way and respect the game.”

Guardado, a 21st round pick by the Minnesota Twins in 1990, is in his 17th season in the Major Leagues. He has 187 career saves, plus less than two weeks to pass Cy Young. That will be it. Mariano Rivera is in 20th place with 911 appearances and then comes Gene Garber with 931.

Guardado, who turns 39 on Oct. 2, will have to be content with passing the guy who they named the Top Pitcher trophy after.

“It’s always special when you’re in the history books with all those great names,” Guardado said. “I keep telling these guys that’s what happens to you as long as you keep coming to the ballpark, doing your work and getting prepared.”

 

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From everything I’ve read, Eddie has been an invaluable presence in the clubhouse, both last year and this year. It’s too bad that his on-field performance hasn’t been quite up to snuff lately. I’m sure a big factor in his decision to hang ‘em up is that he doesn’t have the stuff to be used in game situations anymore and his role has been relegated to mop-up duties in blowouts. Best wishes to him in his post-baseball endeavors.

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