Kirk Rueter retires from baseball

The 35-year-old Rueter walks away from the game as the all-time leader in wins among left-handed pitchers in San Francisco Giants history

Major-league pitcher Kirk Rueter announced his retirement from baseball Monday after 13 seasons.

The 35-year-old Rueter walks away from the game as the all-time leader in wins among left-handed pitchers in San Francisco Giants history.

Rueter was let go by the Giants last August and was trying to land a job with the St. Louis Cardinals, the club he supported during his boyhood.

When a move to St. Louis did not materialize, Rueter decided to call it quits and focus on his wife and two daughters.

"I'm officially done," Rueter told reporters in a teleconference Monday. "I was 99 per cent sure, and I made up my mind last week. I'm a full-time husband and a full-time father now."

Rueter began his major-league career with the Montreal Expos in 1993 before joining the Giants three years later.

He finished his career with a 138-92 record and a .586 winning percentage. Rueter earned 105 wins with the Giants, surpassing Mike McCormick last season as the most successful Giants left-hander in franchise history.

Rueter went 2-7 with a 5.95 earned-run average in 2005 and was designated for assignment before being released by San Francisco.

"It was a great run," said Rueter, who recorded seven consecutive winning seasons for the Giants from 1997-2003.

"I love baseball. The Giants have been unbelievably good to me.

I'm going to miss the fifth day. But I won't miss the road trips and being away from my family."

with files from Associated Press