Former MLB righty Steve Delabar announced that he’s no longer pursuing playing opportunities in an appearance on the Outta the Park show with Barry Davis (audio link). Though he hasn’t filed formal paperwork, Delabar says he’s “ready to move on” and is now coaching at the high school level in his hometown.
Delabar, 35, is now two full seasons removed from his MLB playing career. He had briefly appeared at the Triple-A level last year with the Rangers organization, but was not able to get back into form to challenge for a return to the majors.
It ended up being quite a journey for Delabar, which he discusses at length in the podcast. After washing out of the Padres organization, he had to fight his way back into the affiliated ranks. Delabar re-launched with the Mariners in 2011, sparking a six-year MLB career. It’s an inspiring tale, albeit one that was marred by a 2017 PED suspension. (He gave his side of the story at the time.)
Delabar will ultimately be remembered most as a big league hurler for his time with the Blue Jays. He thrived for a brief stretch in Toronto, securing an All-Star appearance in 2013. All said, Delabar hangs up his spikes with 194 2/3 innings of 4.07 ERA pitching, with 11.2 K/9 against 4.7 BB/9.