Chicago Cubs’ catcher Josh Phegley announced his retirement from professional baseball on Wednesday at the age of 32. He was currently playing for the Chicago Cubs. Having returned to the place where he started his career in 2009 with the White Sox.
Albeit with a different team this time around, Phegley had a sense of returning home attached to his decision of signing for a minor league team. He played for eight seasons in MLB. Beginning his career with the White Sox and the Athletics before ultimately ending his career at the Cubs.
Phegley’s career stat
Josh Phegley started his MLB career in 2009 when he was the 38th overall pick in the amateur draft. He was selected by the Chicago White Sox.
In 2014, before he could establish himself appropriately in the major leagues, he shifted to the Oakland Athletics. He was part of the trade which saw Jeff Samardzija return to Chicago along with Michael Ynoa. Phegley was one of four players who went to the Athletics that year too.
That transfer turned out great for him since he ended up spending five seasons with the A’s. Phegley even saw his career-best figures in 2015 when he carved a batting average of .249, with an On-base percentage of .300. He even had a ridiculous slugging percentage of.449 in the 73 games he played that season.
He played a total of 388 games over the course of eight seasons and had a batting average of .225 throughout his playing career. Further, he also scored 35 home runs.
In 2020, he accepted the deal to play for minor-league side Chicago Cubs, but he got little to play. He played only 11 times during the entire season with a batting average of.063. Subsequently, scoring only one home run during those games he took part in.
Phegley’s retirement announcement:
His agency, Pro Star Management, cited “family considerations and business opportunities” as the reason behind his retirement.
Our dear friend and treasured client, Josh Phegley, has made the decision to retire from the game he loves. Family considerations and business opportunities factored into his decision. We thank you, Phegs, for your loyalty and trust. Love ya, buddy. pic.twitter.com/c0tBxDqssj
— Pro Star Management (@prostarmgmt) February 3, 2021
Apart from the 2015 season, Phegley could not meet the expectations everyone had from him. He was the first draft pick in 2009 from Indiana for a reason, however, one could think that the pressure of playing in the MLB probably overwhelmed and hindered Phegley in giving the performances that were expected from him.