Los Angeles Angels reliever Ty Buttrey said Saturday that he has “made the decision to leave baseball.”
The 28-year-old announced his feelings on his Instagram account one day after Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Buttrey refused to report to the team’s alternate training site.
Buttrey went 8-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 115 appearances for the Angels over the past three seasons.
Being in the major leagues didn’t bring satisfaction for Buttrey, who said he has lost his enjoyment for the sport.
“As time went on, baseball became more of a business and less of a game,” Buttrey wrote. “I couldn’t help but notice my love and passion for this game started to diminish.”
Buttrey said his attitude earlier in life was to prove people wrong who said he couldn’t reach the majors. He also pointed to the opportunity to make more money than most people in his age group.
“I always thought baseball was a cool job,” Buttrey wrote. “I also knew that same job paid extremely well. What young kid doesn’t want a cool job that pays well?”
Maddon said Friday that the Angels are open to Buttrey changing his mind and returning to the organization.
“There’s a lot of times when you get that age you become confused by different things, and you choose different routes. Maybe something’s more important to him right now,” Maddon said. “It’s one of those things that’s up to the individual. I respect it. I respect him.”
–Field Level Media