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Former World Series champion Wade Davis announces retirement

Former World Series champion Wade Davis announces retirement

  • Royals
Nov 25
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Kansas City Royals reliever Wade Davis has decided to hang up his bat for good on Wednesday.

“Wade will forever be remembered by our fans, his teammates and our organization as an elite competitor and a very classy person,” Royals president of baseball operations Dayton Moore said in a statement.

The three-time All-Star helped the Royals clinch the 2015 World Series title, their second title ever after 30 years. Kansas City secured the series 4-1 with a game-ending strikeout against the New York Mets.

“That’s one of my greatest memories in the game,” Moore said. “It was one of the most nerve-wracking half-innings that I’ve ever experienced in baseball. And he gets out of it. We’re sitting in the training room after the celebration, and it was just me and him and few other people, and I just remember Wade being just cool as a cucumber. So relaxed. Like it was a Spring Training game. And I’m a nervous wreck, wiping sweat, all kinds of emotions.”

Davis started his professional career in Major League Baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him in the third round with the 75th overall pick in the 2004 MLB draft, and later traded to the Royals in 2012.

Davis also won the 2015 Babe Ruth Award, MLB Most Valuable Player, for his 1-0 record and four saves in eight appearances with 18 strikeouts.

The 36-year-old recorded 47 saves over his first four seasons with the Royals before being traded to the Chicago Cubs post-2016 season. He played for one year in Chicago before moving to Colorado to play for the Rockies from 2018 until 2020.

In January 2021, Davis returned to the Royals, where he pitched in 40 games and recorded 38 strikeouts.

  • Wade Davis (baseball)

    Wade Allen Davis is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, and Colorado Rockies.

  • World Series champions

    The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball and concludes the MLB postseason. First played in 1903,