Reliever Dan Quisenberry, who led the American League in career saves and ranks fifth on baseball's all-time save list, has quit the game to avoid one list he never wanted to make.
"For the first time in my career, my arm is talking back to me, and one of my goals always has been to never go on the disabled list," Quisenberry said Sunday.The veteran right-hander, after less than a month with the San Francisco Giants, said he suffered a sore shoulder last weekend in San Diego that was not responding to rest and treatment.
"At my age I'm not interested in rehabilitation, cortisone shots . . . and all that," said the 37-year-old Quisenberry. "I took some this week, then I threw on the side on Saturday, and there was no miracle.
"I have no regrets. I got to play all my dreams."
Quisenberry, a three-time All Star, signed with the Giants as a free agent in January after spending 91/2 seasons with the Kansas City Royals and 11/2 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Although his best years were behind him, the pitching-poor Giants hoped to use Quisenberry as a middle reliever.
But Quisenberry spent his last day in a major-league uniform on Sunday, saying goodbye to his new and old teammates before and after the Giants defeated the Cardinals at Candlestick Park.
Quisenberry is the American League career leader with 238 saves and led the league in saves four times and tied for the lead once. His best years were with the Royals from 1980 to 1985, when he had 30 or more saves five times, missing only in strike-shortened 1981.
He also is fifth on baseball's all-time save list with 244 and set a major-league single-season record, since broken, of 45 saves in 1983.