Former Oakland A’s pitcher Edwin Jackson retires
By David Hill
Edwin Jackson made plenty of stops in his major league career. The Oakland A’s were just one of them.
The well-traveled pitcher appeared with a major league record 14 organizations, even returning to the Tigers and Nationals twice. Jackson had also signed with the Diamondbacks prior to the 2020 season, but never made an appearance with the organization and was released during the pandemic.
Former Oakland A’s pitcher Edwin Jackson announces retirement
Those travels are at an end. Although Jackson had not appeared in the majors since 2019, he was still hopeful that an opportunity would present itself. Ultimately, that was not the case, as he kept waiting for a call that would never come. On Friday, Jackson faced the reality of his situation, announcing his retirement via Instagram.
An All Star in 2009, Jackson hangs up the cleats with a 107-133 record, posting a 4.78 ERA and a 1.478 WHiP. He struck out 1508 batters in his 1960 innings, issuing 779 walks. While he was mainly a starter, he did move back and forth to the bullpen at times in his career, serving in any capacity needed.
Jackson had a brief, albeit solid, stint with the A’s. He posted a 6-3 record with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.217 WHiP in his 92 innings, striking out 68 batters with 37 walks during his 17 appearances in 2018, a solid piece in the back of their rotation. However, as was often the case in his career, Jackson moved on after the season, signing with the Blue Jays.
That 2018 season was also the last run of success that Jackson had. He struggled in Toronto, being released on July 19 before returning to Detroit for one last stint. The second time was not the charm there as he struggled with the Tigers as well in his final major league appearances.
Former Oakland A’s pitcher Edwin Jackson has announced his retirement. We wish him well as he will hopefully be able to stay in one place.