The former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher is retiring from baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals need pitching help. It won’t come in the form of JA Happ, who helped stabilize the ship last season.

be clear happiness was a free agent and hadn’t received many calls since spring training. As far as we know, he wasn’t able to join St. Louis or any other MLB roster.

That being said, the Cardinals desperately need fielding help, especially with injuries to Steven Matz and Jack Flaherty holding them back. A call to Happ would have made a difference had it happened earlier this season.

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It’s too late now. Happ has decided to retire from baseball, according to the man himself during an appearance on the Heartfelt podcast with Jessica Lindberg.

“It got to the point where it was opening day and I turned on the first game and I was talking to my wife Morgan and I was like, ‘How are you feeling?’ She just kind of looked at me and said, ‘A little scared.’ I also wanted to turn it on to see what I was feeling, and I might not be feeling what I needed to feel to think I wanted to keep doing that. I felt like that was a sign, like ‘OK, it’s time to go.’ Even though I had put in the work to be ready when the right situation came along, I felt like it was time to move on and be a father and immerse myself in the kids.”

Happ is ready for life after baseball, despite his final season in St. Louis. The then 38-year-old had a 5-2 record with a 4.00 ERA. He and Jon Lester brought stability to a Cardinals rotation that needed it afterward close of trading. The former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher is retiring from baseball

John Verrall

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