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January 2, 2014

2006 post season hero Jeff Suppan retires

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Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan, a key piece of the 2006 World Series champions, has announced his retirement.

Suppan, who came to the Redbirds in 2003 as a free agent, was one of those guys who wasn't flashy. He just got results. He put up a 47-32 record with a 3.94 ERA during his days in St. Louis, which included four full seasons and a second stint after he was released by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010.

His shining moment for the Cardinals came in the postseason when he won three games. In the 2006 NLCS against the New York Mets he was 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts. He hurled 15 innings and allowed five hits and one run. He was also 2-for-6 at the plate with a home run.

Suppan became a free agent at the end of the World Series. When the Birds showed no interest in signing him to a new contract, Suppan moved on to the National League Central Division rival Brewers where he was 29-36 with a 5.08 ERA. He gave up a whopping 700 hits in 577 innings of work and was regularly booed by Milwaukee fans over the second half of the deal. Suppan was released in 2010 with an 0-2 record with a 7.84 ERA. At that point he returned to the Cardinals, who were devastated by a number of injuries to their starting rotation.

Mostly with smoke and mirrors, Suppan was able to notch three wins with the Redbirds and could have won more with a 3.86 ERA. But the bullpen wasn't much into holding on to leads back in '10.

Suppan last pitched in the majors in 2012. He was 140-146 with the Red Sox, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Padres and Cardinals.

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

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