- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jayson Werth, who spent the last seven seasons of his 15-year Major League career with the Washington Nationals, has retired from professional baseball — just without using that particular word.

“I’m done … whatever you want to call it,” Werth told Jon Heyman, a veteran baseball reporter now with the website Fancred Sports.

After playing for the Blue Jays and Dodgers and winning a World Series with the Phillies, Werth came to Washington in 2011 on a seven-year, $126 million contract that expired after last season. He had 109 home runs and 393 RBI in his seven years as a fixture in the Nationals’ outfield.

Many Nationals fans consider Werth’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals to be the most important play in the franchise’s young history in town.

Werth, 39, joined the Seattle Mariners last offseason and was playing for their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Wash. when he decided to hang up the cleats.

Werth’s agent, Scott Boras, attempted to draw a poetic comparison between the country’s founding fathers and Werth’s importance to the Nationals.

“Washington, D.C., is known for its historic monuments documenting our country’s great leaders,” Boras told Fancred. “Werth will be remembered as the Nationals’ first true leader, documenting the beginning and rise of a great franchise.”

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