Hawkins to retire after next season
Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins will play his 21st and final season in the Majors next year.
He’s made 1,000 career appearances, the 16th-most of all time. A seventh-round Draft pick in 1991, Hawkins has pitched in parts of 20 big-league seasons for 10 different teams: the Twins, Cubs, Giants, Orioles, Rockies, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, Angels and Mets. He’s the only active pitcher with at least 100 saves (124, to be specific) and at least 75 starts (98).
The right-hander is still an effective pitcher at the end of his lengthy career. Hawkins went 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA — 29 percent above the league-average adjusted ERA — in 54 1/3 innings for the Rockies last season. Hawkins is slated to make $2.25 million next season.
Overall, Hawkins is 72-93 with a 4.33 career ERA in 1,428 2/3 innings.