Former Washington Nationals pitcher Gio González announces his retirement

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Former Nats pitcher Gio González announces his retirement originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Pitcher Gio González will step away from the mound after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball.

González, 35, announced his retirement in an Instagram post on Thursday and thanked the the Washington Nationals and its fans for their support during his seven-year tenure in D.C.

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González was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft, and made his Major League debut in 2008 for the Oakland Athletics. He received All-Star recognition in 2011, his final season with the A's, and again in 2012, his first season with the Washington Nationals.

During his first season in Washington, he also pitched 25 consecutive scoreless innings, a record for the ball club, and led the National League in wins on his way to winning the Warren Spahn Award as the best left-handed pitcher in the majors. He finished third in NL Cy Young voting that year.

González spent his most prolific years in Washington before being traded in to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. He gave a special thank you to the club and fans in Washington for their support.

"Washington Nationals, what an incredible 7 years you gave me and my family, because of you I will forever be thankful, you helped me become the man/father I am today, the most unbelievable love I could ever ask for! So happy for the World Series title your team and fans WELL DESERVED! So many incredible people I have met in my time there, that helped with me and my family, THANK YOU!," he wrote on Thursday.

After stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, González signed a minor-league contract with his hometown Miami Marlins, which included an invitation to Spring Training.

A native of Hialeah, Florida, González said he got to fulfill one of his biggest dreams before retiring, pitching in front of his home crowd.