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Phil Humber retires

Phil Humber

In this April 21, 2012, photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Phil Humber throws in the third inning while pitching a perfect baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. The Houston Astros have claimed Humber off waivers from the White Sox and agreed to a one-year contract with him. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


The Padres recently reassigned pitcher Phil Humber to minor league camp. Rather than accept the assignment, Humber has retired from baseball, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Humber, 33, will always be remembered for the perfect game he threw as a member of the White Sox against the Mariners on April 21, 2012. It was the 21st perfect game in baseball history and the third perfect game in White Sox history. As fate would have it, it was also the first complete game of Humber’s career.

Humber is also known for his inclusion in the February 2008 Johan Santana trade. Humber was sent, along with Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, and Kelvin Mulvey, to the Twins for the ace left-hander. At the time, Humber was considered a top prospect, earning a #26 overall ranking from Baseball Prospectus going into the 2007 season.

Last season, Humber played for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization.

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