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2015 Royals World Series champion Wade Davis retires

Wade Davis, Royals

One of the best relievers in Kansas City Royals history is hanging them up. 2015 World Series champion Wade Davis, who pitched for four different teams in his big league career, will retire, the Royals announced on Wednesday:

Davis began his MLB journey with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009 and pitched for them until 2012 before making his way to the Royals, where he became strictly a bullpen arm. That’s where the hard-throwing righty really started to thrive, blossoming into KC’s set-up man and eventually, their closer.

While had most of his success with the Royals, he suited up for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies as well. Davis even led the National League in saves during the 2018 season.

Aside from playing a key part in helping Kansas City win the Fall Classic in 2015 in dramatic fashion, Davis was also a three-time All-Star. The last few seasons were a clear indication that he wasn’t as effective, though. In 2019 with Colorado, the righty posted an ERA over eight then missed the majority of 2020. Last season, he struggled in his homecoming with the Royals, going 0-3 in 40 appearances while collecting a 6.75 ERA.

Nevertheless, Wade Davis will always be remembered as one of the most electrifying relievers around when he was in his prime. Best of luck to him in life after baseball.