Former Cougars pitcher Beckett retires

Former Kane County Cougars pitcher Josh Beckett announced his retirement Tuesday after his 2014 team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, was eliminated from the playoffs.

Beckett is a two-time World Series champion (2003 Florida Marlins and 2007 Boston Red Sox) — he was the World Series MVP in 2003 and the American League Championship Series MVP in 2007 — and a three-time All-Star (2007, 2009, 2011). He pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year.

He finished second (behind CC Sabathia) in voting for the 2007 AL Cy Young Award after going 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 40 walks in 200.2 IP (30 starts) for the Red Sox.

Beckett pitched 14 seasons in the major leagues. He started his professional playing career with the 2000 Kane County Cougars, for whom he went 2-3 with a 2.12 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 59.1 IP. He made his major-league debut a year later, starting four games for the Marlins.

Josh Beckett pitched in the Midwest League in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the Kane County Cougars)

Josh Beckett pitched in the Midwest League in 2000. (Photo courtesy of the Kane County Cougars)

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