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 Posted: Thu Sep 28th, 2017 02:22 am
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San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain is calling it quits after 13 years in the big leagues, as the three-time All-Star announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of the 2017 campaign, according to Alex Pavlovic from NBC Sports.

Cain, who turns 33 on Sunday, will make his final start Saturday against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park and then pack it in, he said.

"I think Saturday will be the last time I put on the Giants uniform, and I can't see myself going to play somewhere else," Cain told reporters, including Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Selected by the Giants with the 25th pick in the 2002 draft, Cain was once among the National League's most dominant starters, crafting a 3.30 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP while averaging 213 innings per season from 2006-2012. He helped the Giants to a pair of World Series titles during that span, too, and threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history on June 13, 2012 against the Houston Astros.

Regression befell Cain in 2013, however, and the Alabama native couldn't get his career back on track in the years that followed. Plagued by myriad injuries, he didn't throw more than 90 1/3 innings in any season from 2014-2016, and though he was mostly healthy this year, Cain stumbled to a 5.66 ERA over 22 starts and four relief appearances. Over the past five seasons, Cain - now in the final year of an $139.75-million extension - managed a 4.86 ERA (77 ERA+) over 544 innings, averaging just 19 starts per campaign.

Still, despite his struggles in recent years, Cain will retire with three World Series rings and his name penciled onto several of the Giants' all-time leaderboards, including WAR (10th), games started (sixth), strikeouts (fifth), strikeout-to-walk ratio (eighth), and win probability added (eighth).