Famed Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito announced his retirement Monday on The Player’s Tribune in an article he wrote titled “What Baseball Taught Me.”
“I’m retiring today from baseball, but I’ll never be too far away from the game that made me who I am,” Zito wrote.
Zito made his Major League debut in 2000 with the A’s, finishing the season with a 7-4 record and a 2.72 ERA in his rookie season. He went on to play seven seasons with Oakland before signing a seven-year deal with the Giants in 2007.
In 2015, Zito returned to Oakland after signing a minor league contract with the team. He played in only three games for the A’s, including a game against the Giants and former A’s teammate and “Big Three” member Tim Hudson.
“My return to Oakland last month was a “cherry on top” moment in my life that my family and I will never forget,” he wrote. “I will no doubt be in the stands on both sides of the Bay in years to come.”
In his 15-year career, Zito was a three-time all star playing for Oakland and was the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner. In 2012, Zito won a World Series Championship with the Giants.