Longtime big league right-hander Edwin Jackson announced his retirement Friday, which also happened to be his 39th birthday and the 19th anniversary of his MLB debut. Jackson pitched for a record 14 different Major League teams in a career that spanned parts of 17 seasons.
Jackson made the retirement announcement on Instagram:
Jackson was a sixth-round pick in the 2001 draft and he quickly developed into one of the game's best pitching prospects with the Dodgers. His MLB debut was memorable -- Jackson threw six innings of one-run ball in Arizona and beat Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
"That's a bonus," Jackson said after beating the Big Unit in his big league debut. "I wasn't expected to win, you know. I went out and I pitched hard and I gave it all I have, and I won, so that's definitely a bonus. This is one of the best birthdays that I'll probably ever have."
A 107-game winner with a career 4.78 ERA and over 1,500 strikeouts, Jackson was an All-Star with the Tigers in 2009 and he won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2011. He also threw a 149-pitch, eight-walk no-hitter against the Rays on June 25, 2010 while with the Diamondbacks. No pitcher has thrown as many pitches in a game since.
Jackson pitched for at least two teams in every division except the AL West. During his career he suited up for the Dodgers (2003-05), Rays (2006-08), Tigers (2009 and 2019), D-Backs (2010), White Sox (2010-11), Cardinals (2011), Nationals (2012 and 2017), Cubs (2013-15), Braves (2015), Marlins (2016), Padres (2016), Orioles (2017), Athletics (2018), and Blue Jays (2019). Jackson also pitched briefly in an independent league in 2021, and was on USA's silver medal-winning team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Reliever Octavio Dotel previously held the record by playing for 13 different teams in his MLB career..