Wagner To Retire At Season’s End

Braves closer Billy Wagner told manager Bobby Cox that he plans on retiring at the end of this season, writes Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  The lefty says that he will not play out his $6.5MM option for 2011 which automatically vests if he finishes 50 games. 

Cox told Wagner that he believes that he still has the ability to play for a few more years, but the 38-year-old says that he wants to spend more time with his family.  Wagner, who turns 39 in July, will earn $7MM this season.

The fireballer is sixth on the all-time saves list with 386 and wants to reach 400, but he's only going to give himself the rest of 2010 to get there. 


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20 Comments on "Wagner To Retire At Season’s End"


5 years 3 months ago

2 saves opps in 3 weeks.. I’d be pissed too. Oh wait, I am because he’s my #1 closer in a fantasy league. PS: didn’t he threaten to retire last year too?

Nicolas_C
5 years 3 months ago

Also, in 2008, after suffering his season ending injury, he said he had played his last game as a Met. This guy isn’t looking too credible right now.

5 years 3 months ago

Long as he doesn’t blow up and get removed from the role, or suffer a significant injury, he should be a lock to reach 400 saves this year.

04Forever
5 years 3 months ago

admirable in this day in age of “im going to play until im 40, retire every single year, pitch god awful and repeat”. good for him, of course we will see if he is true to his word. i certainly enjoyed his brief stint in Boston

Yankees10
5 years 3 months ago

He says that now. If he does in fact go through with it I think he has a good case for the HOF.

TwinsVet
5 years 3 months ago

If he can’t get to 400 this year, Atlanta has some SERIOUS problems…

drumzalicious
5 years 3 months ago

indeed

tntnhhs
5 years 3 months ago

Craig Kimbrel will be a force as a closer for the Braves next year. thats why wags will retire.

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

Exit Sandman.

5 years 3 months ago

hoffman should have retired after last year and it seems wagner is making a good decision by going out on top

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

i wouldnt call the current pace of the Braves as going out on top, he was better off being a lefty specialist on the Mets this year and maybe picking up a couple of saves

drumzalicious
5 years 3 months ago

Looks as though the era of Craig Kimbrel will be beginning soon

LordD99
5 years 3 months ago

There is zero percent chance Wagner retires and walks away from $6.5 million. If anything, this is his first shot in trying to get more money from the team.

vtadave
5 years 3 months ago

Right, because a 2.25 ERA and nearly two strikeouts per inning means he’s given up. Genius.

paulyicecubes
5 years 3 months ago

He didn’t say he was retiring tomorrow, coolstorybro.

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

You trying to make me puke?!
;-p

5 years 3 months ago

Bonds *should* get into the Hall, but that’s a discussion laced with performance enhancing drugs and due for another time and place.

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

Bonds – as ass-tonishing as it might seem. He went “beyond the call of duty” to be rude to everyone – including the fans. Ricky was bizarre and had plenty of his own ‘stuff’ too, but I never saw that he went to the lengths that Bonds did…repeatedly….

Just_MLB
5 years 3 months ago

as many baserunners as we put on, if its adrenaline he needs, im sure ollie
and maine can provide it for him !

Infield Fly
5 years 3 months ago

Just two different kinds of egotism. Signing autographs may seem altruistic, but for some egomaniac players, being surrounded by admiring fans and signing autographs only further inflates their exaggerated sense of ‘importance’ in the scheme of things. As I have seen enough of this stuff first-hand, I can hardly give props for it.