Jan 2 2014, 9:59pm CST | by Poch de la Rosa
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was the first to report about Suppan's retirement, which the former major leaguer announced at 2 p.m. Pacific time to coincide with the sixth death anniversary of his mother, Kathleen.
The announcement also coincides with Suppan's 39th birthday.
In bidding the sport adieu, Suppan said baseball will always be special to him, per Heyman.
"After 17 Major League seasons, I've squeezed everything out of my ability. I am both honored and blessed to have played the game with some of the greatest teammates and coaches. Baseball will always hold a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life."
"Suppan, originally a second-round pick in 1993 by the Red Sox, could not have been much more consistent in his prime years from 1999-2008, winning in double digits every year save for one in that 10-season stretch; he fell short in only 2002, when he went 9-16 for the Royals.
"By far his best years came in St. Louis from 2004 to '06, when he twice won 16 games, went 44-26 in the regular season, won three additional postseason games and pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the Cardinals' 3-1 Game 7 NLCS-clinching win over the Mets.
"The man they called 'Soup' was awarded the '06 NLCS MVP for his 0.60 ERA over 15 innings. The Cardinals became the surprise World Series winner a week later when they defeated the Detroit Tigers, four games to one."
When Suppan signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, he wound up 12-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 34 starts, per Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Suppan then got off to a 5-0 record in August 2008 but lost his next three starts and had a woeful 8.44 ERA during that latter stretch.
He stumbled to a 7-12 record with a 5.29 ERA in 30 starts in 2009 before being demoted to the bullpen the season after, Haudricourt adds. Suppan had a 29-36 record with a 5.08 ERA in his three-year stint in Milwaukee.
All in all, his major league career from 1995 to 2012 spanned almost 17 seasons. He had stints with the Red Sox, the Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cardinals, Brewers and San Diego Padres.
He wound up with a lifetime record of 140-146 with a 4.70 ERA in 2,542.2 innings pitched, per ESPN stats.
Heyman also points out that Suppan and his wife Dana run a popular restaurant known as Soup's Sports Grill (soupssportsgrill.com) on Ventura Boulevard in Wooldand Hills in the San Fernando Valley.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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