Scott Oberg announces his retirement from gaming

jug Scott Oberg gained weight Instagram today to announce he will no longer seek a comeback to the hill. “I have accepted a part-time job with the Rockies and will no longer play the game that I have loved as a player my entire life,” Oberg said in the post. He thanks the many people in his life who have helped him on his journey over the years. Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette reports that Oberg will be a special assistant on baseball operations for the Rockies.

Oberg, now 32, was selected by the Rockies in the 15th round of the 2012 draft and made it into the big leagues through 2015. His first three seasons in Colorado were marked by below-average strikeout ratings, but he got massive amounts of ground balls. From 2015 to 2017, he posted a 5.05 ERA while shutting down 18.7% of the batters he faced, but getting worm burners on 55.6% of balls in the game.

Over the next two seasons, Oberg made a big step forward as he added punchouts to his repertoire. In 2018 and 2019, he threw 114 2/3 frames with a 2.35 ERA, a number that would be impressive anywhere but especially for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. He knocked out 25.5% of the batters he faced during that time while still getting grounders with a 52.7% clip. Based on that strong performance, the Rockies gave him a three-year, $13 million extension with a club option for 2023.

Unfortunately, a tumultuous period then began for Oberg, during which he had to deal with several health issues that have since prevented him from conquering the hill. The main problem was blood clots in his right arm, which initially sidelined him and led to surgery in 2016. They put him on the injured list in August 2019, which led to another operation and the end of this strong season. That didn’t stop the Rockies from agreeing to that extension, and Oberg seemed poised to get back on track in 2020 until the issue resurfaced, putting him on the injured list in the truncated season and putting him back on the surgeon’s table sat.

In addition to the blood clots, he required surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in September of that year. It was hoped that surgery would fix the chronic blood clots in his elbow, but that didn’t prove to be the case. allentuck reported a harrowing March 2021 story in which clotting symptoms resurfaced and a trainer couldn’t feel a pulse in his wrist. Oberg then spent the night in intensive care and had surgery the next morning, the fourth time he had gone under the knife for the problem.

Although he would not field for the Rockies that year, he served the team in other ways, providing scouting and coaching throughout the organization. He also didn’t make it back to the mound in 2022 and the Rockies declined his 2023 option at the end of the season.

Oberg, as mentioned, has been transitioning into post-playing roles for a while, but today’s announcement makes it official that his playing days are over. Though health issues prevented him from building strong momentum, he still managed to break into 259 major league games and rack up 234 strikeouts along the way. He finished his career with a 3.85 ERA over 257 1/3 innings. MLBTR congratulates him on his achievements and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

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