June 2, 2012; Round Rock, TX, USA; Round Rock Express pitcher Roy Oswalt (51) warms up prior to a game against the Albuquerque Isotopes at the Dell Diamond. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Oswalt Announces His Retirement

According to Buster Olney (ESPN) and many outer media outlets, Roy Oswalt has officially announced his retirement.

Oswalt, 36, finished with a 163-102 record and 3.36 ERA in 365 career games. He finished with 143 wins with the Astros, one shy of the team record. Oswalt will retire as a member of the Astros.

Over his 10 years seasons with the Astros, Oswalt finished in the top five of Cy Young voting five different times, and received the NLCS MVP in the 2005 playoffs. He also competed in three All Star games though deserved a few more. Oswalt finished with a 3.24 ERA in Houston, and will go down as arguably the best pitcher in Astros franchise history.

Just like his fellow teammate Lance Berkman, Oswalt was traded off the team as the franchise went into rebuilding mode. Oswalt was shipped to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, and he spent two seasons there as part of the highly-regarded Phillies rotation. After his run in Philadelphia, Oswalt signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers in 2012, and ended his career with the Colorado Rockies this past season.

There is a lot to remember Roy Oswalt by, but it’s his Game 6 performance in the 2005 playoffs that we will all remember best. Oswalt allowed just 3 hits, 1 ER, with 6 K to take home the series win, and push the Astros to the World Series. He was one of the best pitchers of the last decade as he led the majors in wins from 2001-2010.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Oswalt will join his former agent Bob Garber at RMG Baseball as their vice president of baseball operations. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Oswalt join the Astros is some sort of role over the next few years.


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