Two-time All-Star reliever Zack Britton has announced his retirement from baseball. In an interview with The Athletic, Britton revealed that he is stepping away from the game to spend more time with his wife and their four children.
Britton, 35, last played in 2022 with the New York Yankees. He attempted to return early from Tommy John surgery to support the team in the playoffs but unfortunately landed back on the injured list after just three appearances. He ended his final outing against the Baltimore Orioles, the team he also played for during his career.
Throughout his 12-year career, Britton excelled as a left-handed reliever. He earned All-Star honors in consecutive seasons (2015 and 2016) while playing for the Orioles, leading the American League in saves in 2016 with 47. In total, he accumulated 154 saves and achieved a 35-26 record with a 3.13 ERA.
Britton spent 7½ seasons with the Orioles and the final 4½ seasons with the Yankees. He credited the Orioles organization for his growth as a player and acknowledged the special experience of playing for the Yankees. Although he had offers to pitch in the 2023 season after working out for several teams, Britton ultimately decided to prioritize his family.
Britton’s retirement marks the end of an impressive career, defined by his talent, determination, and cherished memories he created throughout his time in the major leagues.