Whether a player decides to retire or not depends on many factors. A few of those factors are as follows:
- Employment Status (If nobody wants to sign you, you are more likely to call it quits)
- Playing Time
- Career Performance
- Recent Performance
- Other Factors
Although performance, or lack thereof, is an important factor in the decision to retire, some players with poor offensive performance but strong defense can contemplate retirement at an early age despite their defensive strengths and values. A manager can protect against the risk of early retirement by meeting playing time minimums.
- Players will not retire if they are under 32 years old, and play a minimum of 120 games in the field.
- If a player is 32 years of age or older, the normal retirement algorithm is applied.
- If a player does not have 120 games of playing time at a position in the field, the normal retirement algorithm will be applied. This means the normal retirement algorithm applies to players who DH.
A simple way to monitor how likely your players are to retire is by going to your team’s roster page and clicking on Show Personal/Financial Data and looking at the Career column. This column shows how happy your players are currently. The happier the player, the less likely he is to retire, and vice versa. The more unhappy the player is, the more likely he is to retire.