Anibal Sanchez, who hasn’t pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 17 years since the 2017 season, has announced his retirement from the big leagues. A small press conference will be held at LoanDepot Park It will be officially announced today in Miami.
Sanchez announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday night. Here’s a screenshot of what the former Detroit Tigers pitcher posted as a farewell graphic.
Sanchez pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues, spending the last 17 seasons in the major leagues as one of the longest standing players in starting rotations for four different organizations. It’s been a great career for his retired right-hander.
He appeared in 364 career games, pitched 20.2 innings, posted a career ERA of 4.06, a WHIP of 1.31, and had a career strikeout of 1,774. His career record was 116-119, but he was honestly a solid player in many rotations along the way, including with the Tigers in Detroit.
Sanchez spent six seasons in a Tigers uniform, posting a 4.43 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP while pitching 798.1 innings with 738 punchouts. His performances slowed down a bit during his tenure in Detroit, but he was still a staple in the team’s big rotation early in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The Tigers acquired Sanchez from the Marlins on loan in 2012, replacing Rob Brantley, Brian Flynn and former top prospect Jacob Turner with Sanchez and Omar Infante. Sanchez will soon join the rotation and will be an impactful player.
It’s been a long road for his right-hand man, but he has decided to part ways with them. His most recent stint in the big leagues was in 2022, when he pitched for the Washington Nationals organization after being “reborn” as a true junkballer.
He started 14 games with the Nationals in 2022, pitching 69.1 innings, posting a 4.28 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and 48 punchouts. He used to be a punchout machine, but as age caught on and things changed, that didn’t stop Sanchez from getting back on track, finding ways to unbarrel and becoming an effective pitcher.
But after the 2022 season, Sanchez decided it was time to call it a career. Seventeen years after his major league debut, the right-hander has announced his retirement.