On Friday, Joe Maddon told reporters that pitcher Ty Buttrey refused to report to the team’s alternate site, thus putting him on the restricted list. According to Maddon, he was told that Buttrey has chosen to walk away from the game.
This came as a major surprise, as the 28-year-old is right in the prime of his career. However, it looks as if Buttrey is content with stepping away from baseball. On Saturday, he posted on Instagram a lengthy letter, essentially saying he doesn’t love the game of baseball and will be moving on to different things.
Here’s his complete announcement from his Instagram page:
Buttrey talks about never truly loving the game of baseball or competing. He was just doing it to prove to people that he could achieve his goal of making it to the big leagues.
He was drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. It took him six years to reach the majors, but he finally did it with the Angels back in 2018. Through three years in the show, Buttrey appeared in 115 games and posted an ERA of 4.30 with 122 strikeouts.
Last season with the Halos, Buttrey appeared in 27 games and the expectation was that he’d play a strong role in the bullpen again. However, he was optioned last week and failed to crack the Opening Day roster.
He doesn’t mention anything about retiring in his post, just that he’s stepping away from the game. Of course you don’t want to rule anything out, but he seems very content with leaving baseball and focusing on this next chapter in life. Whatever his next step is, best of luck to Ty. Hopefully he finds the happiness and purpose he’s looking for.
Here are some comments from manager Joe Maddon from Saturday afternoon.
“My plan is to contact him. I could hear his voice. I understood what he was talking about. I totally agree with that. That’s why it’s important to make sure our guys enjoy walking in the door.”
“I have a lot of respect for what he said. I understand it and get it. I wish him nothing but the best. I’m always going to be there for him.”
“I didn’t see a sign of this, that he may not want to play anymore. I know he was working to make changes. In spring training he was smiling and conversation was easy.”
“There was a chance he was going to make the team. Whether or not he made the team, Ty was going to do this.”