Right-hander Danny Farquhar has announced his retirement, via his Instagram page. Hanging up his glove after playing in parts of seven Major League seasons, Farquhar will now move into coaching, as he’ll start work next week as a minor league pitching instructor for the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.
Farquhar attempted a comeback this season in the form of a minor league contract with the Yankees, though the 32-year-old was released in June after a brief stint at Triple-A.
“When the Yankees released me, we drove across the country from Scranton to California, you have a lot of time to reflect and you realize it’s time to move on and move on to the next stage in my career, which I’ve been talking about. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time now,” Farquhar told Van Schouwen.
Farquhar was able to at least get back onto a mound and end his career on his own terms, following a terrifying incident on April 20, 2018. Farquhar had just completed a relief outing for the White Sox when he suffered a brain hemorrhage due to a ruptured aneurysm, causing him to collapse in the team’s dugout. After being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, Farquhar’s life was saved, and he was fortunately able to return home less than a month later. After sitting out the remainder of the 2018 season to fully recuperate, Farquhar received medical clearance to continue playing, which led to his minors deal with New York.
Originally a tenth-round pick for the Blue Jays in the 2008 draft, Farquhar posted a 3.93 ERA, 10.2 K/9, and 2.92 K/BB over 272 1/3 innings in the big leagues. The bulk of those innings came with the Mariners from 2013-15, including an outstanding 2014 campaign that saw Farquhar deliver a 2.66 ERA over 71 frames. Farquhar also pitched for the Blue Jays, Rays and White Sox at the MLB level, as well as stints in the minors with the Yankees and Athletics.
We at MLB Trade Rumors wish Farquhar congratulations on a nice career, and wish him all the best in his coaching endeavors.