According to David O’Brien of the Athletic, Peter Moylan is retiring from the MLB. The 12-year vet will play for a professional team in Italy and hopes to pitch for the Australian National Team.
Moylan was always a fan favorite. Whether it was his unique pitching style, wearing long sleeves on both arms to cover up his tattoo sleeves or for having TNT by AC/DC as his introduction song, Moylan’s eccentric personality along with his dominant stuff at times made him a Brave to remember.
His story is an odd one. He was out of professional baseball in America for 8 years, but the Braves liked what they saw at the 2006 World Baseball Classic and gave him a chance. Moylan made his major league debut a year later in his late twenties.
Unfortunately, Moylan became a double Tommy John surgery recipient. He played over a span of seven years in his first stint for Atlanta, but only pitched in a full major league season three of those years.
Nonetheless, when healthy, Moylan was a productive workhorse. In 2007, he had a 1.80 ERA over 80 games. In 2009, he had a 2.84 ERA in 87 games.
Moylan went on to serve stints with the Dodgers and Royals but ultimately made two reunions with the Braves, the latest being in 2018. He was shut down in the second half of the season and wasn’t as effective as in the past. However, it is indeed fitting that he finished his career where it began with a fanbase and organization that loves him. Best wishes to Peter in whatever retirement brings.