Cody Allen, along with some shrewd strategy and the help of dominant setup man Andrew Miller, nearly helped the Indians break their World Series slump back in 2016, saving game three of the World Series and not allowing a run in the three times he took the mound.
For five years Allen was very good as the Tribe closer, saving 147 games in those years from 2014 to 2018 before he and the team parted ways after his deal was up after the 2018 season.
Shoulder issues caught up with Allen, who didn’t last a whole season with the team he inked with before 2019 with the Angels, and from there he bounced to the Rangers, Cubs and Twins.
Wednesday Jon Heyman of MLB Network announced that despite getting some interest around the league, Allen has decided at age 32 to retire.
One of the best moments for Allen in his time with Cleveland came in 2016 when the Tribe went on a postseason run that nearly saw them pull off the miracle of winning a title.
He along with a bullpen that saw Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero, Jeff Manship, Zach McAllister, and Miller, the Tribe had a 3-1 series lead and three chances to close out the Cubs for a championship.
We all know how it ended, but not for a lack of effort from Allen, who threw well in the Fall Classic, not allowing a run in six innings of work, striking out 12 Cubs, and saving the memorable game three in Wrigley Field 1-0.
The next two seasons Allen remained the closer before his contract was up and he inked with the Los Angeles Angels prior to the 2019 season, but sadly didn’t last as the team released him that June.
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