Ty Buttrey

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Ty Douglas Buttrey

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Ty Buttrey was one of two prospects sent by the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Angels in return for second baseman Ian Kinsler at the trading deadline in 2018; the other was P Williams Jerez. Ty made his major league debut with the Angels two weeks later, on August 16th. He took brief spins in the closer's chair over his first two seasons, making 88 appearances and logging 6 saves while fanning 104 batters in 88 2/3 innings. In 2020, he had a tough year, going 2-3, 5.81 in 27 games with 5 saves.

He struggled with his control during spring training in 2021, and failed to make the team, being sent to the alternate training site instead. That's where he made the stunning announcement on April 3rd that he was voluntarily retiring from baseball. He explained that he had lost his affection for the game as it had become simply a business for him. The Angels asked him to take some time to think about his decision. It took some time, but he did reconsider his decision, returning to the Angels for spring training in 2022. He explained that he found the fun in baseball again while conducting clinics for kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The love of the game displayed by the kids he coached made him re-think his decision and realize that he had assessed things incorrectly when he had decided to walk away. He explained that the time away from baseball, somethng he had been doing 24/7 since he was a kid, gave him a fresh perspective.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mike DiGiovanna (Los Angeles Times): "Ty Buttrey returns to the Angels ready to be an asset to the bullpen", Yahoo! News, March 15, 2022. [1]

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