WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney announced today that right-handed pitchers Ace Walker and Brian Beuning and left-handed pitchers Zach Baldwin and Chris Salamida have retired from professional baseball and been placed on irrevocable waivers.
"It's a sad day in Goldeyesland," Forney said. "We have some guys leaving the organization and moving on with their lives. Baseball is not part of their plans anymore in terms of a playing career. We're certainly thankful that they chose the Goldeyes organization as a place to play and are appreciative of their efforts over the years. They were a big part of our championship team in 2012. We wish them the best of luck and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future."
Walker, 29, leaves Winnipeg as the most decorated pitcher in Goldeyes history. After five years with the team, he holds the team's career records for games started (105), wins (47), complete games (13), strikeouts (380) and innings pitched (692.2).
Beuning, 32, re-joined the Goldeyes in 2012 after playing with the team in 2007 and 2008. After taking a leave of absence from his profession as a Minnesota state trooper, Beuning became the team's closer and earned four saves and a win in Winnipeg's six playoff games.
Baldwin, 29, also played five years with the Goldeyes and is second on the team's all-time list for games played by a pitcher with 157.
Salamida, 28, signed with the Goldeyes earlier this offseason, but has elected to retire and become a firefighter in his home state of New York. He made 62 starts for the Goldeyes during the past three seasons, which puts him second on the all-time list behind Walker and is fourth in all-time wins with 26.
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.