Dan Haren Talks Inner Battle That Led to Retirement

Dan Haren Retirement

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t pay much attention to Dan Haren throughout the prime of his playing career. It wasn’t til the end of his throwing days when he started becoming a personality on Twitter that I started noticing the legend that is @ithrow88.

This story and interview by LA Times came out the other day, and it’s quite the read. I encourage you take 5 minutes and read Dan Haren’s interview about the difficult days that finally brought him to retirement.

Seed SackHe’s most known for his time with the Angels and probably the Dodgers, but also had a stint with the Marlins and the Cubs at the end of his career. He finished 153-131 with a 3.75 ERA over a 13 year Major League career. Anyone that can pitch for 13 years in the Bigs can look back and call it a successful career.

Since his retirement, he’s become one of the most enjoyable baseball personalities online, and now we finally get to learn about his latest days playing baseball that led to his retirement.

In the final years of his career, he had his fair share of rough outings, with his fastball floating around 88 miles per hour. He told Andy McCullough of LA Times he used to text his wife frequently after his poor outings saying nothing more than “I quit.” “I’m sick of this stress.” “I don’t want to do this anymore.” His wife used to have to talk him off the ledge of retiring right then and there.

We’ve all been there. By “there” I mean contemplating how much we even liked playing baseball anymore after getting rocked on the mound.

“I was always on the verge of wanting to retire, because I never wanted to get released, just for the embarrassment of it.”

Injury, lack of success, and a diminishing fastball velocity all contributed to what you could probably classify as the depression Dan Haren was experiencing toward the end of his playing days.

“The one thing I don’t miss is the feeling of letting down your team.”

It’s hard not to feel close to Dan Haren after reading the things he said he was dealing with throughout the end of his career. I encourage you to read the entire piece from LA Times on Dan Haren’s retirement.

For a few extra laughs, let’s recall Dan Haren tweeting insight on all the things we want to know about big leaguers.