Giants right-hander Matt Cain, whose 13-year tenure with the ballclub is the longest among all players to perform only with San Francisco since the team moved West in 1958, announced his retirement Wednesday.
Cain’s multiyear contract expires after this season, accounting for the timing of his decision. Tuesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy named Cain to start Saturday’s game against San Diego at AT&T Park, which was a gesture of tribute to the former staff ace.
Cain made three National League All-Star teams, threw the only perfect game in franchise history when he shut down Houston, 10-0, on June 13, 2012 and recorded a 2.10 ERA in eight postseason starts. His performance eroded when he began sustaining a myriad of injuries during the 2013 season.