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Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins retires after 13 seasons in bigs

It was only a few years ago that Jerry Blevins was a staple of the Mets bullpen. Though, when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 29, 2018 at Citi Field, he didn’t think that would be the last time he would appear in a game for the Mets. On Tuesday, 30 months after the final time he retired the side for the Amazin’s, the left-handed specialist told the Daily News he was retiring from baseball.

“It’s just time,” Blevins told the Daily News on what led to his decision. “Many factors involved. But it’s just the right time.”

Blevins returned to Queens and signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this past December. After seven spring training games, he hoped to contribute to the club in some fashion but never cracked the big-league roster this season.

The 37-year-old indicated at spring camp that he would consider retirement if he didn’t make the Opening Day roster. After sticking around for almost the first month of the 2021 season, Blevins hung up his cleats for good Tuesday before the Mets’ series opener against the Red Sox.

Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves on September 25,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Blevins completed his professional baseball career with a 30-13 record and 3.54 ERA over 609 games and 495.1 innings across 13 seasons.

The southpaw joined the Mets before the 2015 season but was mostly absent his first year in Queens due to a broken arm. Then he bounced back and posted a 2.87 ERA with 121 strikeouts over 91 innings from 2016-17, becoming one of the most reliable and consistent arms in the Mets bullpen. After the 2018 season in which Blevins wasn’t as effective as the team had expected, he flopped from the Athletics, Braves and Giants from 2019-2020. The Giants released Blevins during last year’s COVID-19 shutdown. He didn’t pitch in 2020, before he returned to the Mets ahead of the 2021 season.

Blevins became a fan favorite for his social-media interactions and ability to engage authentically with the media. Blevins said at spring training this past March that he returned from his free agency in 2020 with hopes to win a World Series with the Mets. Though his retirement doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, it is bittersweet that Blevins won’t receive that opportunity in the Mets bullpen this year.

“For me, literally the only team I would’ve come back for was the Mets,” Blevins said last month.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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