Phillies’ Alumni: Former Relief Pitcher Jared Hughes retires

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 19: Philadelphia Phillies batting helmets sit on the wall during the MLB game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies on September 19, 2018, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Jared Hughes, the 35-year old reliever has announced that he is retiring from baseball. Hughes appeared in 25 games for the Phillies in 2019. After a long ten year career in the big leagues, Hughes will finish his lengthy time in the MLB with a 2.96 career earned run average.

Hughes took to Instagram on Sunday afternoon to announce his retirement after his one-year deal with the New York Mets expired this offseason.

In his extremely short retirement statement, if we even want to call it that, he did poke fun at his sprints to the mound.

He spent the majority of his career in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays way back in 2003 but didn’t join the organization due to wanting to pursue a college career.

Three years later, the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up drafting him in 2006. He ended up making his MLB debut with the Pirates and spent the first six years of his career with them.

Perhaps known for his notorious sprints to the mound when he was called into a game for the Phillies, he really had never found his groove when he was with Philadelphia. He finished his brief time with the Phillies posting a 3.91 ERA and racked up twenty strikeouts. Philadelphia had claimed him off the waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Hughes is known for his Constant sprint to the mound each time his number was called. This lead to perhaps one of his most notable Phillies’ moments. If you remember back, J.T. Realmuto soon created one of the most iconic Phillies’ memes after Hughes started sprinting to the mound.

Hughes played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and the Milwaukee Brewers in his career.

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