03/29/2007 3:41 PM ET
Troy Percival to retire as an Angel
Angels' all-time saves leader will sign a Minor League contract with club and retire
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels Thursday announced that Troy Percival, the club's all-time saves leader, will sign a minor league contract next Monday and then officially retire. To commemorate the event, Percival will be on hand Opening Night at Angel Stadium on April 2 to throw out the honorary first pitch.
"I'm very proud to be a part of this organization," said Percival. "This club has always embraced me and my family. I'm honored to retire as an Angel."
"Troy Percival has been an integral part of the success and tradition of Angels Baseball for many years," said Angels Vice President & General Manager Bill Stoneman. "It is very appropriate that he retire as an Angel."
Percival, who currently serves as an Angels' special assignment pitching instructor, pitched 11 seasons in the Majors with the Angels (1995-2004) and Tigers (2005-2006), compiling a 30-41 record with 324 saves and 3.10 ERA (611.2 IP - 211 ER) in 605 games. His 324 saves entering 2007 is tied for 11th (Billy Wagner) on the all-time Major League list. He stands as the Angels' lifetime leader in saves (316) and games pitched (579).
He spent the entire 2006 season on the disabled list with the Tigers after suffering a serious injury to his right forearm in July 2005 while pitching for Detroit. Percival worked for the Tigers as an advance scout in 2006.
A key member of Angels' 2002 World Series team, he was on the mound for each of the Angels' three series-clinching victories of the 2002 Post-Season and his seven saves (seven chances) during the 2002 playoffs tied a Major League Post-Season record. He logged a career-high 42 saves in 1998 and enjoyed his best season in 2002 with a 4-1 record, 40 saves, 68 strikeouts and 1.92 ERA.
The four-time All-Star resides in Riverside, CA, with his wife Michelle and children
Cole and Avery.