Roy Oswalt is following in the footsteps of Jay Z. Want to talk about sentences I never thought I’d type?
But it’s true. Oswalt is treading a path blazed by the likes of Jay Z and others. The former Astros ace is retiring from baseball to pursue a new career in player representation.
Oswalt made the announcement Tuesday. He is ending his 13-year baseball career and will now join his former agent Bob Garber at RMG Baseball as vice president of baseball operations.
“Roy is now going to be representing players with me,” Garber explained. “He’s now an agent.”
Okay so he doesn’t exactly bring the pop culture cred that Jay Z possesses, but I’m sure Oswalt will be a great asset to RMG.
For 13 years, he was a great asset to major league baseball. The undersized but fiercely competitive hurler went 163-102 over his career, mostly with the Astros. His 150 wins from 2001-2010 led the majors over that span.
Oswalt left the Astros late in his career to chase a ring with Philadelphia, becoming a member of the vaunted “4 Aces” along with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. The 4 Aces produced a fair amount of hype, pretty high expectations and zero championships.
Looking at Oswalt’s career, his 2002 season ranks as his best at least by WAR. That year he went 19-9 with a 3.01 ERA and 1.189 WHIP over 233 innings. He won 20 games twice in his career, back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.
Oswalt made 3 All-Star appearances. He never won the Cy Young, and never finished higher than third in voting. He started 11 postseason games in his career, split between Houston and Philadelphia, going 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA.