According to a source of Yawkey Way Report, former Major League Baseball knuckleballer Charlie Haeger has retired from the game. Haeger who turns 31 on the 19th of the month played in the big leagues over parts of 2006-2010. During that time period, he pitched for the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Haeger sat out the 2014 season, coaching baseball at Madonna University and most recently played pro ball in 2013 as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization, splitting time between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket.
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This is not the first time has retired. In fact, he retired 11 years ago. In 2003, he walked away from baseball in order to pursue an education and spent a year at Madonna University where he golfed. He came back to affiliated baseball in 2004.
Once Haeger came back in 2004, he moved through the ranks quickly, going from Rookie Ball to Major League Baseball in a matter of two years.
Haeger pitched parts of five seasons at the top level going 2-7 with a 6.40 ERA in 34 appearances, 10 of which were starts. In those 34 appearances totaling 83 innings, Haeger struck out 69 men while walking 59.
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Although he was never a member of the Boston Red Sox, Charlie Haeger was a member of the Red Sox organization. In 2011, after being released by Seattle Mariners AAA-affiliate Tacoma Rainiers, Boston quickly signed Haeger to a Minor League deal and assigned him to AA Portland.
It was there in Portland where Haeger proved his worth in the organization tossing eight impressive outings totaling 50 innings. He went 4-1 in those starts while boasting a 3.24 ERA while punching-out 49 and walking just 22.
Haeger sat out the 2012 season due to injury, but was signed once again by the Red Sox organization in 2013. Last year in 25 starts, totaling 142 innings, split between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket, Haeger went 8-8 with a 4.18 ERA. He fanned 115 men and walked 83.
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With Haeger’s retirement, R.A. Dickey and Steven Wright stand alone as the only active players who have used the knuckleball in a Major League game.