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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12 Comments on "Brendan Donnelly Retires"

4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months ago

Chris Sabo applauds your career, Brendan.

4 years 5 months ago

1st ballot

4 years 5 months ago

Surprised he only made 5 million

4 years 5 months ago

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

4 years 5 months 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.

4 years 5 months ago

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