When starting pitchers approach the 40 years threshold, they contemplate retirement and baseball clubs are reluctant to sign multiyear contracts with them. Not only they have a hard time competing at 100% but they are also more likely to suffer season ending injuries. This explains why it is so difficult for those starting pitchers who struggled in the previous season to sign a profitable deal and this was the case of Roy Oswalt.
He competed for Houston Astros for most of his career and did his very best to carry the team to the playoffs even though with minimal success. Houston struggled over the last decade but they could always rely on Roy to keep them alive in the game and quite often they won by a single run. He joined the team as a rookie in 1996 and set personal and team records over the span, making him the best player in Houston and arguably the one the fans appreciated most.
The last couple of years were less impressive for Oswalt who played for Texas in 2012 but won just half of his decisions and allowed an average of five runs per game. After the Rangers let him go, Roy signed a contract with Colorado but failed to win a single match in six starts and allowed almost 9 runs per game. As a result, there are very few teams willing to offer him a decent job at the moment and for a starting pitcher who spent most of the time in the spotlight, anything less is unacceptable.
While he played for Houston, he won 162 decisions and lost just 102, with most of them being his teammates’ fault as they were incapable of scoring a handful of runs. His competitors have only good things to say about him and those who competed against him at the highest level have a bucket full of memories worth sharing. Oswalt suffered a serious injury 2003 that kept him away from the beach and it kept hurting him ever since, especially in the last couple of years.
He has several baseball related projects down the pipe, so even though he retires after almost 2 decades of highly competitive game, he won’t stray too far from his favorite activity. He holds several records but one of the most impressive performance came on August 25, 2010 when he became the first pitcher in Philadelphia to play a position in the field in the last 4 decades. As a result of Ryan Howard being eliminated in the 14th inning, he went to left field and caught a fly ball that led to standing ovations.