Doug Fister retires

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The agent of pitcher Doug Fister, Page Odle, told MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that his client is retiring. Odle said, “”He’s been contemplating this for a couple months. The main reason is that he wants to start a new chapter in his life. This is 100 percent family driven. He’s really excited about being a dad and husband. He’s very much a family-oriented guy.”

Fister, 35, spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors with the Mariners, Tigers, Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, and Rangers. He retires with a 3.72 career ERA along with 970 strikeouts in 1,422 1/3 innings. His two best seasons came in 2011 with the Mariners and Tigers (2.83 ERA) and in 2014 with the Nationals (2.41 ERA; eighth-place finish in Cy Young Award balloting). Fister battled injuries as he entered his mid-30’s, starting just 15 games for the Red Sox in 2017 and 12 games for the Rangers last year.

According to Morosi, Fister received multiple major league contract offers, so he could have pitched another season if he wanted to, but has opted to spend more time with his family, understandably.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”