Nelson declines minor-league assignment

June, 17, 2010
BOSTON -- Former Red Sox reliever Joe Nelson, who was designated for assignment by the team last week and cleared waivers on Wednesday, has declined his minor-league assignment and will likely retire from professional baseball.

The 35-year-old righthander spent the majority of his 15 years in the minors and spent parts of six seasons in the big leagues with the Red Sox, Braves, Royals, Marlins and Rays. Nelson had two different stints with Boston he earned a World Series ring in 2004.

“I think I’m hanging them up,” he wrote in a text message. “Unless somebody comes at me in the next day or two.”

He’s back home in Florida and ready to become a full-time dad. He said his family is happy with his decision.

“Yes they are,” he wrote. “So am I. It’s just time, no looking back. I achieved more than I ever dreamed possible. [I played] a kids’ game until I was 35. What luck I have had.”

He ends his career with a 7-2 record and a 4.38 ERA in 157 big-league games.

It’s likely he’ll end up in baseball operations for an organization because of his knowledge and respect for the game.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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