Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has announced that he will retire from baseball, as first reported by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Beckett has decided to hang up his cleats instead of rehabbing a torn labrum in his right hip that sidelined him for much of his last season.
Beckett, 34, was 6-6 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts during his last season, with his final career outing coming on August 3 against the Cubs. The highlight of his year was a no-hitter in Philadelphia on May 25, which was the only no-hitter that he threw in his entire fourteen-year career.
Beckett retires with a lifetime 138-106 record and 3.88 ERA in 335 appearances (332 starts) with the Marlins (2001-2005), Red Sox (2006-2012) and Dodgers (2013-2014). He was a three-time All-Star (2007, 2009, 2011), a two-time World Series champion (2003, 2007), and was named World Series MVP in 2003 when he allowed only two earned runs over 16.1 innings against the Yankees in two starts at the age of 23. In 14 postseason appearances (13 starts) during his career, he posted a 7-3 record and 3.07 ERA.