SARASOTA, Fla.— Veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson has announced he’s retired from baseball as a player as the 40-year-old —a non-roster invitee with Baltimore this spring— explores other options including remaining with the Orioles in another role.
“It’d be something I’d be interested in this year, yeah,” said Hendrickson, who arranged a conference call with the Orioles media to break the news in a fair manner. “To me the big question, what does it really look like and I think that’s something that’s a little bit of an unknown. Coaching, front office, advisor role, lot of different things.”
Hendrickson played 10 years in Major League Baseball, the last three of which were with the O’s, from 2009-‘11. He reinvented himself as a sidearm pitcher in 2013 and was signed by the O’s, advancing as high as Triple-A Norfolk. He spent last season pitching for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League where he posted a 1.54 ERA over 52 2/3 innings.
He went 58-74 with a career 5.03 ERA in 328 games (166 starts) and was released by the O’s this spring on March 16. Hendrickson— who also played professional basketball— didn’t rule out a third sport, noting that golf was always an option, too.
“[Retiring] is something my wife and I have been talking about during this period of time, especially when we got back from Florida,” Hendrickson said. “I just knew that this is probably the best time to do it prior to the season starting. I know there are a lot of things going on this week with roster decisions and stuff like that.