Remington: Remembering the career of Kyle Lohse

From Alex Remington at The Hardball Times on May 31, 2018:

Kyle Lohse recently announced his retirement, almost exactly twelve years after the time he was demoted in favor of Boof Bonser, and that’s how I found out that he was still in professional baseball.

Lohse had a remarkably long career, especially considering all of his memorable ups and downs. He pitched for six teams and posted a full-season ERA over 5.00 for three of them. For his final team, the Texas Rangers, he gave up 13 runs in nine and a third innings in July 2016. Those are the last innings he threw in the Show. After sitting out 2017, he signed a minor league deal this year, gave up 12 runs in 8 and 2/3 innings in Triple-A Omaha. And that was that.

One of the best ways of measuring Lohse’s astonishing longevity is this: since 2000, per baseball-reference, only nineteen pitchers have posted at least ten seasons throwing at least 170 innings. In first place, with 15, is Mark Buehrle. In second is C.C. Sabathia with 14; he could conceivably catch up with Buehrle this year, though he’s already off the pace and has only reached 170 innings once in his last four campaigns. No other pitcher has more than 12.

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Originally published: June 1, 2018. Last Updated: June 1, 2018.