After two brain surgeries in the past three years, Ryan Westmoreland has announced his retirement from the Red Sox and from Major League Baseball.
Ryan Westmoreland, 22, was one of the top prospects for the Red Sox organization. Originally from Rhode Island, he was drafted in the 5th round in 2008 and signed on with the Red Sox instead of attending Vanderbilt.
In 2010, Westmoreland underwent brain surgery to remove a malformation in his brain stem, but needed a second surgery over last summer.
Ryan Westmoreland is quoted:
“With a clear mind and heart, as well as the unwavering support and friendship of my family, friends, agent, doctors, therapists and the Boston Red Sox, I have decided to voluntarily retire as a professional baseball player. Although it is a very difficult decision for me, it has become clear that the neurological damage caused by the most recent cavernous malformation and surgery leaves me with physical challenges that make it impossible to play the game at such a high level.” (www.fullcount.weei.com)
It is very sad to see such a promising young man leave the world of professional baseball. I hate seeing such talent go unused, but individual health always comes first. This just makes me want to smack Drake Britton even more now- DON’T WASTE YOUR TALENT! Stay safe and healthy (not that Westmoreland really could do anything about the mass in his brain).
I’m hoping that he’s able to recover quickly. It would be cool if he’d be able to use his talents to help coach younger players down the road. Maybe not professional level, but somewhere.