Veteran right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Oswalt, a three-time All-Star, pitched for the Astros from 2001 to 2010, before being traded to the Phillies. He pitched for the Phillies through 2011, for the Rangers in 2012 and the Rockies last season.
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CSNPhilly.com staff reported that ESPN.com reported that Oswalt, who was the MVP of the 2005 NLCS with Houston, will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Astros. According to the report, Oswalt plans to work with his agent, Bob Gerber, as the vice president of baseball operations.
Oswalt was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. He made is Major League debut with the Astros on May 6, 2001. Oswalt finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year honors with a record of 14-3 and a 2.73 ERA. He had consecutive 20 win seasons in 2004 and 2005 and was an All-Star from 2005 through 2007. Oswalt had a down year in 2009, compiling a record of 8-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 30 starts.
After a 6-12 record with the Astros in 2010, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he flourished to a 7-1 record and 1.74 ERA the rest of the season. In 2011, Oswalt was limited to 23 starts due to injury and finished with a 9-10 record and a 3.69 ERA.
Trying to battle back from injuries, Oswalt pitched for the Rangers and Rockies during his final two seasons, but struggled. In 17 games with the Rangers, Oswalt was 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA. Last season with the Rockies, he pitched in nine games and went 0-6 with a woeful 8.63 ERA.
Although not a Hall of Famer, Oswalt had a very good career, finishing with a record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA. In 2,245 1/3 innings, he struck out 1,852 and walked only 520.