FILE PHOTO: Mar 15, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
February 17, 2021
Former Cleveland closer Cody Allen has retired, the team announced Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Allen is the franchise’s all-time leader with 149 saves. He pitched for the Indians from 2012-18.
“From a 23rd round draft pick to the franchise saves Crown. Congrats on a great career, Cody. Happy Retirement,” the team said on Twitter.
The right-handed Allen had 24 or more saves in five straight seasons between 2014-18, posting 30 or more three times. He had a career-best 34 in 2015.
Allen had 32 saves in 2016, a season that saw the Indians reach the World Series before falling in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.
He was superb in the 2016 postseason and didn’t allow a single run in 13 2/3 innings over 10 appearances. Allen struck out 24 while allowing eight hits and five walks as he recorded six saves.
Allen spent the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Angels and struggled badly as he went 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances.
In 2020, he was signed and later released by the Texas Rangers on July 24. The Cubs signed Allen a week later and released him in early September.
Overall, Allen was 24-31 with a 3.14 ERA and 153 saves in 481 career appearances over eight seasons (2012-19).
Allen played college baseball at UCF before becoming the Indians’ 23rd-round pick in 2011.
–Field Level Media