Veteran reliever Peter Moylan has opted to retire from Major League Baseball at the age of 40, he tells David O’Brien of The Athletic (subscription required). The Australian-born hurler isn’t entirely walking away from the game, as he’ll pitch for a professional team in Italy this summer and hopes to pitch for the Australian Olympic baseball team, O’Brien adds.
Moylan details his decision in the lengthy interview, revealing that although the calendar is about to flip to March, he simply never received an offer this winter. Despite the fact that Moylan believes he’s still capable of competing at the game’s top level, he also insists that there’s no bitterness or anger with regard to how the offseason played out. “The game is trending younger,” said the veteran righty. “I’m certainly not that. It’s time for me to let the kids play, so I’m done.”
Moylan will walk away from Major League Baseball having put together one of the most improbable careers in history. He was released by the Twins after the 1998 season and spent seven years working various non-baseball jobs in Australia. During that time, he continued pitching on the side and adopted a sidearm slot, which restored his velocity and helped him to qualify for Team Australia in the 2006 World Baseball Classic (while he was working as a pharmaceutical sales rep). That, in turn, led to a contract with the Braves. Moylan made his MLB debut with Atlanta shortly thereafter, on April 12, 2006 — nearly a decade after he signed his original contract with the Minnesota organization.
Over the next 13 years, Moylan would appear in parts of 12 MLB seasons, pitching to a combined 3.10 ERA with 324 strikeouts against 180 walks in 418 2/3 innings of regular-season work (plus another scoreless frame in the postseason). Along the way, he posted a 24-10 record, recorded four saves and racked up 99 holds between the Braves, Royals and Dodgers. Even late in his career, he demonstrated an ability to pitch at a high level, as he led the Majors with 79 appearances and logged a 3.49 ERA over the course of 59 1/3 innings for Kansas City in 2017. Over the course of his professional career, he was a two-time Tommy John patient, had multiple back surgeries and also underwent shoulder and biceps procedures.
Those unfamiliar with Moylan’s remarkable baseball odyssey will want to fully digest O’Brien’s column, as it’s rife with stories from Moylan himself and quotes from former teammates such as Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman; both heap praise on the sidearmer not only for his on-field contributions but his importance to the clubhouse and ability to elicit a laugh from any teammate at virtually any moment. Best wishes to Moylan in life after Major League Baseball.
Loved him with KC.
Absolute class act, one of my all time favorite Braves. Wish him the best!
Agreed class act all the way. He is a testament on following your dreams. Probably has a chance as a
Comedian as a 2nd career. Best wishes in his retirement from MLB.
Definitely wishing Moylan good luck in his endeavors.
We’ve got plenty of Aussies in and dominating the NBA, we’ve always had quality MLB players and plenty in the minors. Naturally the next step is an Aussie MLB superstar.
Let’s hope so! We certainly have the talent pipeline. It’ll happen 🙂
To all the losers that down voted I bet my 9 year old son can throw a baseball harder and further than you all.
Why did anyone down-vote your comment anyway–didn’t seem like you said anything wrong.
Because there are a bunch of idiots that comment in here
Most likely internet trolls. Just reality of how message boards and site that offer comment sections work…
Dave Nilsson has done alot for the game in Australia. He has put his own money into the league here some years back. I remember having a training session with Craig Shipley way back when I was 16. He was a trailblazer.
He was a very good catcher. I think he ended his major league career prematurely and played out the rest of his career in Australia. If he played his whole career in the MLB, he could have been a relative “superstar” for Australia.
Injuries hit him hard as well in his career.
Keeds. Let the keeds play, mate.
Interestingly, Moylan’s “scoreless frame” in the postseason took him 4 appearances to accomplish.. He faced 6 batters in 4 postseason games in 2010 NLDS Braves v Giants
are you slighting him or giving him props?
braveshomer — Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. To me, it looks like Nick is simply giving an observation.
Welcome to the era where everything’s either black or white.
ok, I ate a Snickers and feel better
Fitting he ended his career in Atlanta. He was fun to watch.
why is it fitting
Because he spent the first 7 years of his big league career there. The whole full circle thing, you know
Big fan Moylan! good luck….definitely threw catch a few times in the back yard with my son and mimicking your side-arm delivery!
Too bad he didn’t make it up to the majors with the Twins in 1998. Then he could’ve tried to come back next year and make the elusive MLB four decade club. I’m not sure anyone has a chance outside of Bartolo if he hooks up with someone in 2020.
I’m sure “Big Sexy” will hook up with someone next year.
Coach for the Braves again!
Being Austalian you’ll done the country proud. Onya Pete
Put another shrimp on the barbie. You deserve it.
He might’ve gotten a deal if he didn’t approach 6 BB/9 last year.
Good luck Peter. I loved him playing his time in KC.
The modern baseball analytics really doesn’t have as much love as before for a soft-tossing guy who succeed with more deception and guile to get weak contacts. Nonetheless, it’s been fun following Moylan’s career from a pharma-rep-to-rando-Australina WBC team guy to a high leverage bullpen guy on some successful Braves teams.
Peter, we hardly knew ya’.
Best of luck in the future!
As a Braves fan, we will miss his banter in the locker room as well as in the bullpen and in the bench. He’s made a lot of Braves smile over the years.
It was time. Both glad and sad he’s gone
Happy trails, Pete. You can coach my team’s bullpen anytime!