ANAHEIM, California – Los Angeles Angels reliever Ty Buttrey walks away from baseball and says he lost his affection for the game.
“I just wanted to prove everyone wrong,” he posted on social media on Saturday. “As time went by, baseball became more of a business and less of a game. I couldn’t help but notice that my love and passion for the game began to wane. I always thought baseball was a great job. I also knew That same job paid extremely well. What kid doesn’t want a great job that pays well? “
The right-hander was one of the key pieces of the Angels’ bullpen the past three seasons, but he struggled with control issues during spring training and was sent to the team’s alternate training site.
His 115 appearances from 2018-20 were fourth on the team among pitchers, and he was 8-11 with a 4.30 ERA.
Buttrey, 28, said he informed the Angels of his decision to leave baseball and the organization asked him to take more time to think about it. He did not describe his next steps in his statement.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said before Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox that he had not been in contact with Buttrey since last weekend, but that he saw the statement.
“I could hear his voice as I read it. He’s a very thoughtful young man and I understood precisely what he’s talking about,” Maddon said. “If the fun subsides, don’t do it. I totally agree with that. I think as young people, we’ve all gone through those moments of choosing things that follow your heart, rather than not. I respect what he said.
“I want nothing but the best. I really want to stay in touch with him and be of help in any way that I can.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.