Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Jered Weaver has announced his retirement from baseball, following a 12-year career in which he racked up 150 wins, a 3.63 ERA and three All-Star berths.

Weaver, 34, spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the Padres in February. He hadn't pitched since May 19 because of an inflamed left hip.

"I've decided to step away from baseball," Weaver said in a statement released on Twitter. "While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to. Many thanks to the Padres' organization for the opportunity to play in the amazing city of San Diego. You have been very professional and respectful during this process, and I really appreciate that.

Weaver ends a memorable career

"I would also like to thank my teammates for welcoming me in with open arms and for all the support throughout the season. I'm excited for the next chapter in life and making up for lost time with my family. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years. It was a great ride."

Weaver's career peaked from 2010-12, when he finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting three times. He helped lead the Angels to four division titles and posted a 2.60 ERA in seven playoff appearances.

"Jered, he's a special guy and a special guy to us and our organization," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "I know everyone in the clubhouse loves him and we love him. He tried his best to continue to do something he loves to do, and sometimes Father Time catches up to us. I know he'll have no regrets, because he did everything you could to continue to max out his career and do what you can do. I don't know that if we've had a pitcher where, when he was in his prime, that's the guy you wanted out there for sure."

"[I'll remember] the competitive spirit on the mound," said Padres manager Andy Green. "He's a guy that never yielded. He pitched a lot of big games, won plenty of big games. By the end, his stuff wasn't what it once was. But nothing affected him. He went out there intending to compete, intending to win every day. If everybody had that type of mentality, pitchers would be a whole lot better."

Weaver struggled immensely in his final season, posting a 7.44 ERA in nine starts -- all Padres losses. His fastball velocity -- once in the mid-90s -- dipped to the lower 80s as he dealt with shoulder, back and neck ailments over the past two years. Weaver made one Minor League rehab appearance in June, but his recovery stalled on multiple occasions.

Weaver's unseemly exit certainly doesn't befit an otherwise outstanding career. He led the Majors with 233 strikeouts and 34 starts in 2010 and finished fifth in AL Cy Young Award voting, thanks to a 3.01 ERA. In '11, Weaver finished second after posting a 18-8 ERA with a 2.41 ERA, and he finished third in '12 after leading the Majors with 20 wins and a 1.02 WHIP to go with a 2.81 ERA.

Weaver was the 12th overall pick in the 2004 Draft and tossed the 10th no-hitter in Angels history on May 2, 2012. His .617 winning percentage ranks second in Angels' franchise history.

"He couldn't get his body the way he wanted to pitch like he used to," said Angels outfielder Mike Trout. "But what a competitor. He was awesome when he was here. Obviously, during his prime, he was pretty dominant. He was one of the best pitchers in the league. He's got kids now and a family. I know how much they mean to to him. He just made the decision that worked out for his family."

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.