It looks like the dream may be over for former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan.
The 37-year-old soft tosser has been designated for assignment by the Padres with whom he is 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA. If a guy can't make it in San Diego's spacious ballpark -- probably the most pitcher friendly field in the big leagues, what are the odds he's going to be able to succeed somewhere else.
Of course, just because he doesn't have a major league job doesn't necessarily mean Suppan will hang up the spiked. He was willing to pitch in the minor leagues last season. He said he still loves to play the game and wants to play as long as it's fun.
Suppan is 140-146 with a 4.70 ERA in the major leagues. His best seasons were in 2005 and 2006 with the Cardinals when he won 16 games in back-to-back years. Suppan was a member of the 2006 World Series champions which caused Milwaukee to give him a ridiculous four-year contract for $40 million. He returned to St. Louis for an encore after being released by the Brewers in 2010.
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He's pitched in the majors for the Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Royals, Pirates, Cardinals, Brewers and Padres.