Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt retiring after season

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is retiring after the season, not a surprise move for the 14-year veteran as he turns his attention to family and further involvement with several causes he has worked with for years.

The left-hander announced Thursday this would be his last weekend of baseball as the reigning World Series champions end the year without a playoff berth. Affeldt, 36, was the 2014 World Series Game 7 winner at Kansas City and is completing an $18 million, three-year contract.

While Affeldt had kept open the idea of pitching one more year when this season began, he said he would listen to his three sons to help him make the decision – if they wanted him home, that might win out. Wife Larisa had been supportive of him continuing to pitch.