After suffering a season-ending Achilles injury last June while pitching in extended spring training, should 12-year veteran Johan Santana consider retiring from the game of baseball?
If you asked Santana, he would say no. Santana’s agent told reporters on Friday that he fully expects to be back in the major leagues in 2015.
Santana made his major league debut on April 3rd, 2000. Since then, he is 139-78 with a career 3.20 ERA. He has won two Cy Young Awards (2004 and 2006) and was named to the National League All-Star Team four times (2005-2007, 2009).
From 2003-2009, Santana won at least 12 games each season and his season ERA never went higher than 3.33. He was one of the most dominating pitchers in the league. The Mets took notice of his dominating nature and signed him to a six-year, $137.5 million contract in February 2008.
Shoulder problems limited Santana to only 21 starts in the major leagues since 2010. On March 4th of last year, the Baltimore Orioles signed Santana to a one-year minor league contract in hopes that he come back and pitch for the Orioles later in the 2014 season.
Unfortunately, the chance they took on Santana did not pay off for either the Orioles or Santana as he tore his Achilles tendon in early June.
This injury seemed like it would be the end of the former Cy Young pitcher’s career. However, his agent explained that Santana wanted to go out on his own terms and not allow an injury to tell him when he will retire from baseball.
On Tuesday, Santana will make his Venezuelan winter league debut for Magallanes against the Tigres de Aragua. It is reported that Santana’s fastball has been clocked in between 86 and 89 mph.
Santana’s agent also told reporters that he fully expects to be signed by a major league team before spring training gets underway.
The question arises now: Is it a smart move for Santana to try to make yet another comeback or should he call it quits before severally injuring himself again?
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