Jayson Werth has decided after more than 15 years in the big leagues to hang up the cleats. Originally reported by Fancred Sports, Werth stated that, “I’m done…whatever you want to call it.” Though he officially never used the word ‘retire’, he seems to have played his last professional game with the Seattle Mariners Triple-A minor league affiliate Tacoma Rainiers.
The outfielder played with four major league teams in both leagues and is most noted for his time spent in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. After his time with the Phillies, where he made two consecutive World Series appearances and winning it all in 2008, Werth signed a huge contract with the Washington Nationals. The then 32-year old signed a seven-year $126 million contract in what many believe was not…Werth it.
His first year with the Nationals was not what fans were expecting. His slash line was .232/.330/.389 where in the two previous years with the Phillies he finished in the top 20 in MVP voting. If his first year wasn’t so great, then his second year was an even bigger disappointment for fans, when he broke his wrist during a fearless attempt to make a play. He rebounded the following year in 2013 though, with a .318/.398/.532 and another top 20 MVP vote in ’13 and ’14 (Baseball-Reference.com).
During his time with the Nationals he sported a .263/.355/.433 with nearly 400 RBIs and over 100 home runs. While there, the Nationals made four post season appearances, only to lose in the divisional round each time.
Though Werth is not a hall of fame caliber player, he was one of the most clutch players in the game. The man He had ice in his veins in high pressure situations both offensively and defensively. He played the game the way it was meant to be played, 100% effort every single game. Any time opposing fans saw him come to the plate in a tight situation, they held their breath because they knew he could change the outcome with one swing of the bat.
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