Veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson announces retirement after 17 seasons, record 14 MLB teams

Edwin Jackson says there will be 14 teams.

The well-travelled pitcher, who has spent 17 seasons in the majors, announced his retirement on Instagram Friday – his 39th birthday and the 19th anniversary of his big league debut.

Jackson played for a record 14 clubs, most recently with the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers in 2019.

“Today I’m happily hanging up my shoes,” he said in his social media post. “I am very grateful that 14 different organizations have given me the opportunity to represent them.”

Jackson went 107-133 with a 4.78 ERA in 412 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics and Blue Jays.

When he was with the Diamondbacks, he threw a no-hitter in Tampa Bay in 2010. The right-hander hit eight batters and threw a whopping 149 pitches that game.

Jackson was a 2009 All-Star with Detroit and pitched for the 2011 World Series Champion Cardinals.

He became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his debut with the Blue Jays, pitching five innings without a decision in a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on May 15, 2019 .

Jackson was linked with right-hander Octavio Dotel (1999-2013) for most teams at 13.

“It says I have a lot of stamina,” Jackson said at the time. “I’m not one to give up. I feel like out of those 14 teams, some of those teams had situations where people probably wanted to go home and stop and cry. For me, the harder it gets, the harder work gets and the harder I get to prove I can get out in the major leagues.”

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Emma Bowman

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