Relief ace Javier Lopez retires from MLB

By Michael Dixon

Long time MLB reliever Javier Lopez has thrown his last pitch. Lopez, who pitched with the San Francisco Giants from 2010-2016, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“More than anything, it’s just time,” Lopez said, per Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports. “It’s a young man’s game. Although I think I can compete, it’s getting harder and harder to get ready for spring. … “I’m looking forward to some other things in my life. We’ll see what they are. I don’t know yet, but we’ll come up with something.”

Lopez finished the 2016 season with San Francisco and was a free agent.

Lopez retires with a career 3.48 ERA and 1.348 WHIP. He broke in with the Colorado Rockies in 2003. Following a brief stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, Lopez pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 2006-2009. He began the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was traded to the Giants at the trade deadline.

Perhaps Lopez’s greatest claim to fame was his place on four World Series championship teams. He was a member of the 2007 Red Sox, as well as San Francisco’s World Series winners in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Following the 2014 retirement of Derek Jeter (and subsequent Giants World Series win), Lopez became the active player with the most World Series wins.