Angels pitcher Ty Buttrey says he abruptly quit baseball in the middle of a promising career because he was playing for the wrong reasons: Money and to prove other people wrong.
“I’m tired of pretending and lying to the best fan base in the world,” the 28-year-old Buttrey wrote on social media. “Life is super simple, find your true passion, find people you love and don’t give a damn what any person outside those lines thinks. People love to have control over others.”
A former fourth-round draft choice of the Red Sox, Buttrey was dealt to the Angels as part of the Ian Kinsler trade in 2018.
Buttrey appeared in 115 innings over the last three seasons with the Angels and became one of the most dependable options in Los Angeles’ bullpen.
But Buttrey surprisingly was left off the Angels roster when spring training broke and did not report to the alternate site for minor-leaguers. He is walking away from a $600,500 salary in 2021 after salaries of at least $545,000 in the previous three seasons, on top of his $1.3 million signing bonus after the draft, according to spotrac.com.
Buttrey finishes his MLB career 8-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 115…