Longtime reliever Shouse calls it quits

Brian Shouse, a former reliever for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers, told FOXSports.com on Wednesday that he has decided to retire after 21 professional seasons.

“It has been a long and fun career,” the 42-year-old left-hander said. “It lasted much longer than I anticipated.”

Shouse, an Illinois native and resident, said he would like to remain involved with baseball in some capacity.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Shouse in the 13th round of the 1990 amateur draft, and he began his career that summer with the Welland (Ont.) Pirates of the New York-Penn League.

Shouse debuted with the Pirates in 1993 and made it back to the big leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 1998. But as of his 33rd birthday, Shouse had pitched in only 13 major-league games – compared with 492 in the minors.

At one point, Shouse had pitched for seven organizations in seven seasons.

But he joined the Kansas City bullpen in 2002 and spent most of the next eight seasons in the big leagues. He maintained a 3.61 ERA over that span, while averaging about 57 appearances per year.

Perhaps his best season came at age 39, when Shouse went 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 69 games for Milwaukee in 2008. He spent the following year – his final one in the big leagues – with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Shouse signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox this January but was released near the end of spring training. He signed a minor-league contract with the Rays at midseason but didn’t pitch above Triple-A.