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Former IU baseball catcher Josh Phegley retires from MLB

Former Indiana All-Big Ten catcher Josh Phegley announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Wednesday after eight years in the Majors with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland As and Chicago Cubs.

The 33-year-old Phegley was a backup catcher for most of that period, but played in 106 games for Oakland in 2019, hitting .239 and slugging .411 that year with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs. However, he was seldom used by the Cubs in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, appearing in just 11 games and managing just one hit in 16 at-bats.

Phegley retires with a career .225 average and 251 hits, 35 home runs and 162 RBIs in 387 games in the majors. A Terre Haute North graduate and 2006 Mr. Baseball in Indiana, he led IU to the 2009 Big Ten tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament berth as a junior with a .344 average, 17 home runs and 66 RBIs that season, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. He hit .438 with 15 home runs and 80 RBIs as a sophomore to earn second-team All-America and first team-All Big Ten honors that season as well.

He was taken in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft with the 38th overall pick by the White Sox.

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