By Jason Shetler
Multiple outlets have reported that former Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan has announced his retirement from baseball.
Hanrahan was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2000 MLB Draft. In October of 2006, he elected to become a free agent, and signed on with the Washington Nationals a month later.
The Nationals dealt Hanrahan along with Lastings Milledge to the Pirates in exchange for Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan in June of 2009. Following the 2010 trade deadline, which saw Octavio Dotel sent to the Dodgers, Hanrahan was inserted as the closer. He spent 2011 and 2012 in that role for the Pirates, and was an All-Star in both seasons.
Prior to the 2013 season, the Pirates traded Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox for a package that involved Mark Melancon. Hanrahan made nine appearances with the Red Sox before it was revealed that he would have to need Tommy John surgery. After being fully recovered from the surgery, he signed with the Detroit Tigers before the 2015 season to attempt his comeback. That wasn’t the case however, as he tore the ulnar collateral ligament, and had to undergo another elbow procedure. The Tigers released him shortly after. We here at Bucco Nation would like to wish Joel the best in his retirement.