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Dan Haren Retires: Latest Comments and Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2015

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Dan Haren smiles in the dugout in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
John Minchillo/Associated Press

Major League Baseball saw more than just the Chicago Cubs' season end on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. It also signaled the end of pitcher Dan Haren's career, who announced his retirement early Thursday morning. 

Here is how he told the baseball world:

dan haren @ithrow88

Thank you baseball. I played this beautiful game for 30 years. I took my jersey off for the last time tonight. It was an honor. #ithrew88

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune caught a glimpse of Haren walking out of Wrigley Field for the last time:

The 35-year-old played in 13 professional seasons with eight different teams before he finally called it quits. Fans and peers alike took to Twitter to congratulate Haren on a successful career, including former Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Dee Gordon:   

Dee Gordon @FlashGJr

@ithrow88 enjoy your retirement and I will keep the music playlist flowing!

ESPN's Matthew Berry also took a moment for Haren:

Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

@ithrow88 Congrats on a great career, Dan. Look forward to seeing what you do next.

The three-time All-Star contemplated retiring last offseason when the Dodgers traded him to the Miami Marlins. According to Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com, it was because he wanted to be closer to his family who lives on the West Coast. 

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Instead, he made 21 starts for the Marlins before being dealt to the contending Cubs and going 4-2 down the stretch. He did not make an appearance in the postseason. 

Haren compiled a 153-131 record during his time in the majors, including six seasons in which he recorded 14 wins or more. His best seasons came in the mid-2000s—he recorded 73 wins in five years—while he was a member of the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks

Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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