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Edwin Jackson, veteran of record 14 teams, retires

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Sep 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (19) throws the ball during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Edwin Jackson, who appeared for more major league teams than any other player in baseball history, officially called it quits on Friday.

Jackson broke the news on his Instagram account on his 39th birthday, coincidentally also the 19th anniversary of his major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He went on to pitch for 14 teams in his 17 big-league seasons. Jackson topped the mark held by Octavio Dotel, who pitched for 13 teams from 1999-2013. Jackson last pitched in the majors in September 2019.

Jackson spent time with the Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays (2006-08), Detroit Tigers (2009, 2019), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010), Chicago White Sox (2010-11), St. Louis Cardinals (2011), Washington Nationals (2012, 2017), Chicago Cubs (2013-15), Atlanta Braves (2015), Miami Marlins (2016), San Diego Padres (2016), Baltimore Orioles (2017), Oakland A’s (2018) and Toronto Blue Jays (2019).

Jackson wrote on Instagram, “19 years ago today I was blessed with an opportunity to tie up my laces and step on the field to make my debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers … today I am happily hanging up my cleats. I’m super grateful to have had 14 different organizations allow me the opportunity to represent them.”

Jackson made his only All-Star team in 2009 with the Tigers, and he helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series. He also appeared in the postseason for Tampa Bay in 2008 and for Washington in 2012.

He finishes with a 107-133 record with one save and a 4.78 ERA in 412 career appearances (318 starts).

–Field Level Media