Bruce Chen retiring after 17 major league seasons

Veteran lefty Bruce Chen took to Twitter on Monday to announce his retirement from the MLB:

Chen, 37, spent his 17 seasons with 11 different teams — Kansas City Royals , Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros.

He retired with a career 4.62 ERA, 1,140 strikeouts and an 82-81 record. His six-year tenure with the Kansas City Royals proved to be the longest he spent with one team, earning 47 of his career victories during his time there.

He spent the early part of 2015 with the Cleveland Indians, making two starts while recording a 12.70 ERA. His best season as a starter came in 2005 with Baltimore, posting a 3.83 ERA in 197.1 innings pitched. He struck out 133 batters that season.

Following the retirement announcement, Chen went on to thank his family and the teams he played for:

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