California native and Angels left handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen announced his retirement from major league baseball yesterday. The news coming just with under three weeks to go before opening day.
Rasmussen was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels on December 23rd, 2015 from the Seattle Mariners. Prior to his professional baseball career, Rasmussen played for the University Of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His pitching at UCLA helped propel the Bruins to a record 51-17 in 2010. He helped lead the Bruins to the 2010 College World Series losing to South Carolina in the series. Rasmussen was 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA, collecting 128 strikeouts in just over 109 innings.
Following college, Rasmussen played for a handful of teams in the minor leagues. On June 10th, 2008 he signed with the Miami Marlins and began his minor league tour. Those teams include The Greensboro Grasshoppers, The Corpus Christi Hooks, The Chattanooga Lookouts, and the Buffalo Bisons. Rasmussen finished his minor league career with a 4.52 ERA playing almost five seasons with various teams before and after getting his shot at the big leagues.
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Rasmussen’s major league debut came on May 20th 2014 after being called up by the Toronto Blue Jays. In his debut he pitched against David Ortiz and caused a groundout to secure a 7-4 versus the Red Sox.
He played only 9 days for Toronto following his debut before being sent back down to the Buffalo Bisons. After his trade to the Seattle Mariners in 2015 he again, faced Ortiz in extra innings and struck him out last August.
In his professional career, Rasmussen would pitch in 30 games with an ERA of 7.09, and a win percentage of .667. Rasmussen’s retirement couldn’t have come at worst time for the Angels as pitching is a concern going into this season. However, Rasmussen provided some great moments when he got his shot at the big leagues. Rasmussen is hoping to get a Master degree in Business Administration. Yesterday, Rasmussen spoke with Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com saying “I knew it was the right thing for me, It’s not the right thing for everyone, and I don’t expect everyone to understand it, and that’s OK. But it was the right thing for me, and I am very much at peace with it and I’m ready to start that next chapter for myself.”