Edwin Jackson says it will be 14 teams.
The well-traveled pitcher, who spent 17 seasons in the majors, announced his retirement on Instagram on Friday — his 39th birthday and the 19th anniversary of his major league debut.
Jackson has played for a record 14 clubs, most recently in 2019 with Toronto and Detroit.
“I’m happy to hang up my boots today,” he said in a post on social media. “I am very grateful that 14 different organizations have given me the opportunity to represent them.”
Jackson went 107-133 with a 4.78 ERA in 412 games for the Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego, Baltimore, Oakland and Toronto.
In 2010, when he was with the Diamondbacks, he had a shutout against Tampa Bay. The right-hander struck out eight batters and threw a whopping 149 innings.
Jackson was an All-Star with Detroit in 2009 and pitched for the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals.
He became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched five scoreless innings in a 4–3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on May 15, 2019.
For most teams, Jackson was tied with right-hander Octavio Dotel (1999-2013) at 13.
“It shows that I have a lot of persistence,” Jackson said at the time. “I’m not one to give in. I feel like out of those 14 teams, some of them had situations that would probably make people go home and quit and cry. For me, the harder it gets, the harder I work and the harder I prove to myself that I can make it to the big leagues.”
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