Nationals statements on Sean Doolittle's retirement announcement

Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner:
“On behalf of my family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, I’d like to congratulate Sean on a fantastic career and thank him for all that he’s done for our city and our franchise. An All-Star and a World Series champion, he was not only a fierce competitor, but is one of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Sean and his wife, Eireann, are great examples of individuals who have used their platform and place in life to advocate for others, and I have no doubt that their impact will continue long beyond Sean’s playing career. We are so happy that they’ve made Washington DC their home, and we hope to see them around the ballpark frequently.”

Washington Nationals President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Mike Rizzo:
“When we traded for Sean in 2017, we knew we were getting a tremendous reliever and an even better human, and his tenure with the Nationals proved that to be correct. A World Champion, All-Star, and leader in the clubhouse, Sean set an example of what it means to be a pillar of the community. He was as fierce as they come on the mound and took the ball whenever he was called upon. I’d like to congratulate Sean on his outstanding career and wish him and his wife Eireann the absolute best.”

In recognition of Doolittle’s commitment to club and community, Washington Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals, is proud to support SMYAL, an organization supported by Dolittle and his wife, Eireann, that serves local LGBTQ youth as they grow into adulthood. Nationals Philanthropies will match donations up to $6,300 in honor of Doolittle’s No. 63. Fans can visit for more information and to donate. 

Doolittle is scheduled to be in attendance at Friday’s game. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:40 p.m., when pregame ceremonies begin.

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