Chicago Cubs’ Dan Haren calls it a career after 13-years in the league


Now that the Chicago Cubs are officially looking forward to a fresh championship run next season, veteran right-hander Dan Haren can ride off into the sunset after one final postseason ride he was looking for.

According to Haren’s personal Twitter handle, the 35-year-old hurler thanked the game of baseball itself and mentioned that he had taken off his jersey for the final time following Chicago’s loss to the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.

On July 31, the day of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs acquired Haren from the Miami Marlins in exchange for prospects Elliot Soto and Ivan Pineyro with the goal of pitching with a team who was on their way to the postseason.

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His start with the North Siders was a bit rocky as he was tagged for three earned runs on seven hits, two home runs while issuing two walks and recording only three strikeouts across five innings while visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He finished the month of August with a 1-2 record and his earned run average at a season high 6.31 in starts against the Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, and San Francisco Giants.

Haren’s best start as a member of the Cubs came back on Sept. 7 in St. Louis when he pitched seven scoreless frames against a team that would end up winning 100 games to round out the 2015 campaign.

Just 22 days later during a road trip to Kyle Schwarber‘s backyard, Cincinnati, Dan worked himself another 7 1/3 scoreless outing and only gave up three hits while posting a low 3/1 K/BB ratio in the process.

Although he did not see any action against the Bucs, Redbirds, or Mets, his appearance as an active professional baseball player couldn’t have gone any better.

In six frames of work, Haren pitched another solid game for the Chicago Cubs, surrendering only one earned run on three hits. At the time, they were battling it out with the Milwaukee Brewers on the road and entered the N.L. Wild Card game with an eight-game winning streak.

And now that he’s done traveling from city to city each year, he’ll sit at home holding a career 153-131 record with a 3.75 ERA, 2,013/500 K/BB ratio and 2,419 2/3 innings between eight teams under his belt.

Much deserved retirement for the three-time All-Star. Thank you for the help during the second half of the season, Dan.

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