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Edwin Jackson retires after 17 seasons, 14 teams

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  • Associated Press

Edwin Jackson said 14 teams would be it.

The acclaimed pitcher who spent 17 seasons in the majors announced his retirement on Instagram Friday — His 39th birthday and the 19th anniversary of his major league debut.

Jackson played for a record 14 clubs, most recently with the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers in 2019.

“I happily hung up my cleats today,” he said in a social media post. “I’m so grateful to have 14 different organizations that allow me the opportunity to represent them.”

Jackson goes 107-133 with Los Angeles with a 4.78 ERA on 412 Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Gold Orioles, Oakland Athletics and Blue Jays games.

He threw a no-hitter at Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was with the Diamondbacks. The right-hander walked eight hitters and threw a whopping 149 pitches in that game.

Jackson was an All-Star for Detroit in 2009 and pitched for the World Series champion Cardinals in 2011.

He became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams, pitching 5 undecided innings in his Blue Jays debut , lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants May 15, 2019.

Jackson tied with the rig ht-hander Octavio Dotel (1999-2013) played for most 13-year-old teams.

“It shows that I have a lot of perseverance,” Jackson said at the time. “I’m not one to give in. I feel like in these 14 teams, some of these teams have situations that might make people want to go home and give up and cry. For me, the harder it is, the harder it is the harder I work. Prove you can excel in the big leagues.”



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