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Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson announces retirement

The former Tiger has announced his retirement.

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson has decided to call it a career.

He originally came to the Tigers from the Boston Red Sox in 2014 as part of a package that sent pitcher Rick Porcello the other way. On May 27, 2015, he made his first career start with Detroit, throwing 52 pitches in three scoreless innings.

In September of 2017, his season ended after suffering a non-displaced fractured right fibula after getting hit by a line drive from Joe Mauer.

After brief stints within the organizations of the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers, he spent a year with the Chicago Cubs before returning to Detroit this past January; he was released in June.

Last season, recorded thirteen strikeouts, a 9.53 ERA, a 2.12 WHIP in 11.1 innings pitched. He leaves the game with a 14-14 win / loss record, five career saves and a 3.44 ERA.


You certainly can’t fault Detroit Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire for admittedly getting nervous after a player on the Cincinnati Reds tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The 62 year old manager is among the highest risk group of people for contracting the illness that’s practically turned the world upside down in 2020, and that he really started thinking about it after hearing the report of Reds infielder Matt Davidson‘s positive test, and the subsequent scratching of Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel after they reported feeling ill.

“Those are the moments we talk about in taking care of yourself,” Gardenhire said. “You know it’s going to happen at some time or another. It’s unfortunate and myself, a Tier 1 guy (with the highest team access) who’s been through a lot, when I started hearing that I get nervous. I really do. I can honestly tell you that. I start thinking about it awful hard.

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