Relief pitcher retires after 16 major league seasons

Updated: February 9, 2007, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

Jeff Fassero is retiring from baseball after winning 121 games over 16 major league seasons.

Jeff Fassero

The 44-year-old lefty, cut by the San Francisco Giants in May, worked out for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 2.

"I thought I threw really well. I guess they didn't they think so," Fassero said Friday during a telephone interview. "They were the ones that showed the most interest."

Fassero, who lives in Paradise Valley, Ariz., had started working out in August and throwing in November.

"Probably the best shape I've been in the last few years," he said.

He finished 121-124 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 saves in 242 starts and 478 relief appearances for Montreal, Seattle, Texas, Boston, the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco. He was originally signed by the Cardinals, who selected him on the 22nd round of the 1984 amateur draft.

Fassero was 3-0 in the postseason, getting one victory for Seattle against Baltimore in the 1997 AL division series and two wins for St. Louis vs. Arizona in the 2002 NL division series.

"You're never going to be satisfied. I can live with it," Fassero said. "I got to do what I wanted to do growing up for 20 years, counting minor leagues and big leagues."

He spent his first six major league seasons with the Montreal Expos.

"I made some great friends up there that I still keep in contact with," he said. "The teams up there, we had a lot of fun. Being in another country, we were all together, all the time."

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