Ex-Crew reliever Shouse calls it a career

Ex-Crew reliever Shouse calls it a career

MILWAUKEE -- One of Brian Shouse's best days in the big leagues came Sept. 26, 2008, right in the thick of the Brewers' push for the National League Wild Card, when the lefty reliever settled with a smile into a big, Brewers-themed rocking chair that had been autographed by all of his teammates and placed in front of Shouse's locker. It was a fitting 40th birthday present.

Now, at 42, Shouse is finally calling it quits. He told FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi that he's retiring after 21 professional seasons.

"It has been a long and fun career," Shouse told the website. "It lasted much longer than I anticipated."

Shouse was drafted in 1993 and made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 1998 but didn't have his best big league season until a nearly decade later. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin acquired him from the Rangers in 2006 for overmatched infielder Enrique Cruz, and Shouse proved a key pickup. He made a career-high 73 appearances in 2007 and posted a career-best 2.81 ERA in 2008 to help the Brewers make their first postseason appearance in 26 years.

Shouse was a free agent after that season and signed with the Rays for 2009. He didn't pitch in the Major Leagues in 2010.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.