The name Jared Hughes may or may not be one familiar to Brewers fans. After all, he only spent one season with the Milwaukee Brewers. However, during that season (2017), Hughes was a part of a special club that established the foundation for the Milwaukee Brewers’ three-straight playoff runs. Earlier on Sunday, Hughes announced his retirement from baseball.
Jared Hughes in Pittsburgh
Jared Hughes was drafted by and came up through the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. He spent his first six seasons with the Pirates, going 15-13 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He was primarily a middle reliever, as he was his whole career, but did record three saves.
His best season with the Pirates was his 2014 campaign. That year, Hughes went 7-5 with a 1.96 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 64.1 innings. He was very good the next season as well. In 2015, Hughes went 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 76 games (67 innings). He pitched just one more year with the Pirates before being released in 2016.
One Season with the Brewers
Following his six seasons with the Pirates, Jared Hughes signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers, though they missed the playoffs in 2017, had one of their best seasons in recent memory with Hughes an integral part of their bullpen.
The Brewers went 86-76 in 2017, Hughes’ lone season with the club. He went 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 67 games (59.2 innings). His 48 strikeouts that season are his fourth highest total in any season of his career.
He also provided Brewers’ fans with this gem:
Aww. Happy retirement, Jared Hughes. We will never forget…… pic.twitter.com/eCEiSKDRAQ
— Chuck (@Brewfan0419) February 15, 2021
Jared Hughes’ Career After Milwaukee
Following his 2017 season with Milwaukee, Hughes spent parts of three seasons with the Reds, Phillies, and Mets. His 2018 season with the Reds was, perhaps, his best ever. He was 4-3 with a 1.94 ERA with 1.02 WHIP in 72 games (78.2 innings).
The following year, though, was not as productive, and the Reds traded Hughes to the Phillies midseason. Hughes was a bit out of shape that year, but still continued his signature sprint to the mound when he entered the game. This led to this golden video clip and eye roll (Note: video contains foul language):
Jared Hughes spent last season with the Mets. He did not pitch well, going 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.66 WHIP.
He announced his retirement with the following message:
Former Pirates reliever Jared Hughes announced on Instagram his retirement: "I've hung up my cleats. They were worn out from all the sprinting."
One of the funniest guys in baseball, as you well know. https://t.co/TDzF0Qrlgf
— Jake Crouse (@JakeCrouseMLB) February 15, 2021
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