Four Winnipeg Goldeyes, including the most decorated pitcher in Fish history, are retiring.
Today the team announced pitcher Ace Walker has thrown his last pitch in professional baseball. Pitchers Brian Beuning, Zach Baldwin and Chris Salamida are also retiring from pro ball.
"It's a sad day in Goldeyesland," manager Rick Forney said in a release. "We have some guys leaving the organization and moving on with their lives. We're certainly thankful that they chose the Goldeyes as a place to play... we wish them the best of luck and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future."
Walker, 29, is retiring after five years with the Goldeyes, during which he clinched the Fish records for games started, with 105, wins (47), complete games (13), strikeouts (380) and innings pitched (692.2).
Thirty-two-year-old Beuning, who works as a Minnesota state trooper, became the team's closer in 2012 after an earlier stint in 2007 and 2008. Baldwin, 29, played five seasons and is second on the team's all-time list for games played by a pitcher, with 157.
Salamida, meanwhile, signed with the Goldeyes during the off-season, but has decided to return to New York and become a firefighter. He made 62 starts for the Fish over the last three seasons
The Goldeyes have also placed veteran outfielder Mike Coles on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting his release. If he clears waivers, he will become a free agent.