Jerry Blevins announced his retirement on Tuesday night after 13 seasons in the big leagues.
The lefty rejoined the Mets this past offseason and was at the Alternate Site. His first stint with the Mets lasted from 2015-2018.
“I’ve been all over the place emotionally since I made the decision a few night[s] ago. Mostly happy of course…” Blevins said in a statement. “But there’s also sadness in retirement. There are so many different things about playing baseball I will miss. It is impossible to write them all down…
“I’ll miss the fans cheering as I jog from the bullpen with ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ playing loudly. I’ll miss striking guys out with runners in scoring position. I’ll miss throwing balls to fans during batting practice. I’ll miss so many things. I’ll miss throwing Curveballs. Oh yeah, I’ll miss the curveballs. But mostly I’ll miss the guys. The clubhouse. My teammates. My bullpen mates. My coaches. There’s nothing like the camaraderie of a baseball team.”
Hello Retirement. Goodbye Baseball pic.twitter.com/vF0wKjqrfF
— Jerry Blevins (@jerryblevins) April 27, 2021
Blevins owned a 3.38 ERA with the Mets, and also spent time with the Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, and Atlanta Braves. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, but never appeared in a big league game for them.
“Thank you to the fans,” Blevins concluded in his statement. “You guys are incredible… From the A’s season ticket holders… to the 7 Line Army who rock the joint at Citi Field or on the road. Thank You Fans.”
Blevins has some pretty decent retirement plans, by the way: watch Jacob deGrom take the bump.
“I’ll see you guys at Citi Field tomorrow. Bringing my family to a ball game. Gonna have a beer and a hotdog and watch the @Mets. I’ve always been a fan first,” he tweeted.