With spring training around the corner, veteran MLB starting pitcher Doug Fister has decided to hang ’em up. The 35-year old righty is retiring after 10 seasons in the majors.
Fister was a 2006 seventh round pick by the Seattle Mariners, for whom he made his debut in 2009. He was in Seattle until 2011, when he was dealt to the Detroit Tigers ahead of the trade deadline.
He wound up bouncing around the MLB for his decade-long career, spending his best seasons with the Tigers and Washington Nationals. He also played for the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and most recently, the Texas Rangers.
Doug Fister’s agent confirmed the pitcher’s retirement to MLB.com today.
Fister, who turned 35 this month, received multiple Major League contract offers this offseason, Odle said. But now Fister is eager to spend more time with his wife, Ashley, and the couple’s two young daughters.
“He’s been contemplating this for a couple months,” (agent Page) Odle said in a telephone interview. “The main reason is that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. This is 100 percent family driven. He’s really excited about being a dad and husband. He’s very much a family-oriented guy.”
Fister started just 12 games for the Astros in 2018, allowing 33 earned runs in 66 innings, including 11 home runs.
He never made an All-Star game, but did finish eighth in Cy Young voting for the Nationals in 2014. That season, he pitched to a 2.41 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.047.
Fister built a reputation as an impressive post-season pitcher, making 10 appearances, nine of which were starts, and pitching to a 3.02 ERA. His Tigers reached the World Series in 2012, where they lost to the San Francisco Giants in four games, though he impressed in his Game 2 start.