Kirk Rueter retires from baseball
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