15 MLB Players That Recently Retired Where Are They Now
The number of legendary players that have retired from professional sports in the past six years is staggering. The NHL lost Teemu Selanne and Martin St. Louis, the NBA lost Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, and Peyton Manning and Randy Moss bid farewell to the NFL. Major League Baseball has also had its fair share of elder statesmen call it quits since 2011. Unfortunately for New York Yankees fans, many of the players who have recently hung up their cleats wore the pinstripes during the Yankees dynasty of the late-1990s and early-2000s.
A number of these former stars were involved in the steroid scandals that plagued baseball in the late-’90s and early-2000s, harming their reputations and possibly damaging their chances of getting voted in MLB’s Hall of Fame. A handful of perennial All-Stars and future Hall of Famers also make up this list, including two-time World Series champ David Ross, who ended his career as all athletes wish they could, going out on top, as a member of the Chicago Cubs squad that broke their 108-year streak of futility. Ross and fourteen other players who now call themselves former MLB stars can be found below, along with an explanation of where they find themselves in their post-playing days.
- ANDY PETTITTE
Pettitte is the first of five prominent New York Yankees players on this list. The southpaw pitcher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana began his career at Deer Park High School in Texas, before being drafted by the Yankees after his senior year. He opted to spend one year at San Jacinto Junior College before signing his first pro contract with the Bronx Bombers.
After four seasons in the minors, where Pettitte met his future teammates Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter, the lefty finally made his Yankees debut in 1995. Over the next 18 seasons, Pettitte became one of the busiest and winningest pitchers of his time. Except for a brief three-season stint with the Houston Astros, the pitcher spent his career in pinstripes as a member of the Yankees. Upon his return to the Yankees for the 2007 season, Pettitte admitted to using PEDs to heal from an elbow injury in 2002, unfortunately damaging his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame in the future. He announced his first retirement following the 2010 season, but this only lasted for one year. Pettitte couldn’t quell the competitive fire inside of him and returned for two more seasons before calling it quits for real in 2013. The southpaw finished his illustrious career with five World Series rings to compliment his record-setting 19 career postseason wins in another record-setting 42 career postseason starts.
Pettitte has taken things easy since his retirement. He occasionally appears at Yankee Stadium for ceremonies honouring his former teammates, and had his own number 46 retired by the Yanks in 2015. Mostly, though, the Louisianan has spent his days with his family. He has helped to coach his two youngest sons’ football teams, while watching his eldest, Josh, pitch at Rice University, after he followed in his dad’s footsteps as a New York Yankees draftee. Pettitte lends his expertise as an assistant coach to former teammate, and co-member of this list, Lance Berkman, at Second Baptist, a Texas high school.
- KEVIN YOUKILIS
Youkilis, also known as “Youk”, played in MLB for 14 years, establishing himself as one of the most reliable, consistent catchers in the game.
Youkilis attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, where he played four different positions, which led to him winning the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship in 1994. In 1997, he graduated and had two schools attempting to recruit him for Division I ball, but of the two, he chose the University of Cincinnati, staying in his hometown. In the 2001 MLB draft, Youkilis was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round. For the following three years he played with the Red Sox’s farm teams until he was called up as a third-baseman in 2004.
For the next eight years, Youkilis played for the BoSox, winning many different awards for his performances on the field. Then, in 2012 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, and again to the Yankees one year later. His catching career began to take its toll on his body here as he suffered a back strain, being placed on a 15-day DL. Upon returning, he re-injured his back, needing surgery just days later. His physical abilities diminished, Youkilis played his final season of professional baseball in Japan before announcing his retirement in 2014. He finished his career with two World Series rings and three MLB All-Star nods on his resumé.
Since Youkilis’ retirement, he has still been prevalent in the baseball world, working with the Chicago Cubs as a scouting and development consultant. Also, in 2016, Youkilis and his brother opened Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos, California.
- RYAN DEMPSTER
This Canadian-born MLB starter and reliever played for a variety of teams throughout his 18-year career.
Dempster was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 1995 MLB draft. In one year with the franchise, he bounced around their minor league clubs before being traded to the Florida Marlins in 1996. Two years later, Dempster made his major league debut with the Marlins and continued to play with them for four years until he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. He only spent one year in Cincy before being traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he spent the majority of his career. During this time he emerged as one of the most consistent relievers in baseball and by 2007 he earned a spot in the starting rotation. He was then traded to the Texas Rangers in 2012, and to the Boston Red Sox in 2013, which ended up being his final year in MLB. In 2014, prior to spring training, Dempster called it quits.
Since his retirement, Dempster was hired by MLB Network as a studio color analyst. Later in 2014, it was announced that Dempster would be taking a job with the Cubs’ front office as an assistant to their general manager and president of baseball operations. Dempster has remained in the baseball loop, and even pitched for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic at the age of 39.