Jeremy Guthrie is going home to be with his family.
The right-handed pitcher who served an LDS mission, attended Brigham Young University and played for five Major League Baseball teams, announced his retirement from the game in a first-person article written for The Players' Tribune Monday titled, "Heading Home."
"I don’t know what the next chapter holds for me, but I look forward to the additional time with my family," Guthrie wrote. "I’m excited to see what opportunities are out there. Ultimately, I’m just grateful that I am retiring now, as opposed to 12 years ago when it was first suggested."
Guthrie opened the narrative by recalling a conversation with a friend who suggested he consider retirement while struggling in the minor leagues 12 years ago. He was grateful he didn't take that advice.
"Not only was I able to fight through those rough times in the minors and become a longtime starting pitcher in the big leagues, but I was also fortunate to start Game 7 of a World Series and eventually be part of a world championship team in Kansas City," Guthrie wrote.
"The second reason I bring up that story, though, is because, well, more than 12 years after that first retirement conversation here we are again."
Guthrie took the mound for the Cleveland Indians (2004-2006), Baltimore Orioles (2007-2011), Colorado Rockies (2012), Kansas City Royals (2012-2015) and for one game with the Washington Nationals earlier this season.
He referenced his special season with the Royals in 2015 when Kansas City won the World Series.
"Celebrating a world championship with a million friends in 2015 was unforgettable!" He wrote. "I’m Forever Royal!"
Guthrie wrote about attempting one last comeback with the Nationals but failed to get out of the first inning. After the game he knew his career was over.
Guthrie concluded by expressing gratitude to many people who made a difference in his career, including his parents, wife and children.
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Guthrie and his wife, both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke to more than 750 people about the LDS faith in 2014, according to LDS Church News. Guthrie's dream had been to play quarterback for BYU but his 98-mile-per-hour fastball was more appealing to the scouts. He eventually turned down lucrative offers in order to serve a two-year mission in Spain.