One day after being informed that he would not be on San Diego's Opening Day roster, right-handed pitcher Philip Humber elected to retire rather than go down to the minors yet again or shop for a spot on another squad. Just 33 years old, Humber's ride ends less than 12 years after being selected third overall by the Mets in the 2004. In that time he pitched for five major league teams, spent a season overseas, was included in a blockbuster trade, and most notably pitched the twentieth perfect game in big league history.
Signed by the Padres to a minor league deal back in early December, Humber got into six spring games - starting one - for San Diego, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 10.1 innings for a 4.35 ERA. He retires with a 16-23 record and a 5.31 ERA in 97 games spread out over parts of eight major league seasons.