Brendan Donnelly Retires

Brendan Donnelly is hanging up his goggles.  The 39-year-old is retiring, unable to find a minor league deal this offseason after being released by the Pirates in July of last year.'s Doug Miller has the story.

Donnelly, a 30-year-old rookie for the Angels' '02 World Championship team, finishes with a 3.22 ERA and 369 strikeouts over 385 1/3 innings for the Angels, Red Sox, Indians, Marlins, and Pirates.  He's best known for his time with the Halos, highlighted by strong pitching in the World Series in '02 and an All-Star game win in '03.  Donnelly finishes his career with about $5MM in the bank and is now about to experience the joys of fatherhood for the first time.

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  1. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Baseball needs more guys that have that over the top intensity on the mound, he was quite entertainig to watch.

    • Dodgerblue18 4 years ago

      Hard to find those kinda guys once all these steroid policies kicked in.

  2. monkeyspanked 4 years ago

    Brendan, you were awesome on the Angels. Thanks for the memories.

    That’s about how it goes. You play for good teams, then not so good teams. And then when the Pirates cut you, you’re done.

  3. daveineg 4 years ago

    I get a kick out of these guys who can’t find a job “announcing” their retirement. I guess it makes them feel better to say they retired.

    • I don’t think Donnelly made some big announcement, probably more like Doug Miller got him on the phone and asked him.

  4. Guest 4 years ago

    Today, we say goodbye to a true American hero.
    Well, he may have used Pine Tar, and Steroids, but still… he was pretty good.

  5. davengmusic 4 years ago

    Chris Sabo applauds your career, Brendan.

  6. 1st ballot

  7. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Surprised he only made 5 million

  8. I believe that leaves Ron Mahay as the final active “replacement player” from the 1995 Spring Training.

  9. johnsilver 4 years ago

    One of my favorite all time players, both for what he did and for NOT being a part of the MLB Union. Thankd Donkey for so many nice seasons and for that great WS ring you helped bring to Anaheim and for the Union still stiffing u and the other heroes of the walkout.

  10. JR_Tolls1 4 years ago

    That means Ron Mahay is the last replacement player, ….unless Jamie Walker returns.

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