Ryan Dempster doesn’t have an office yet at the Cubs complex near Wrigley Field but he lives close enough to the ballpark that it will be no problem for him to come over whenever needed in his new role. Dempster, 37, who did not pitch in 2014, officially announced his retirement as a player on Friday but also has a new job as a special assistant to Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
Dempster left the game on a high note as part of the Red Sox World Series championship team in 2013. He said it wasn’t a tough decision to retire.
“I think just going through this past season and not missing it as much as I thought I would made the decision a lot easier,” he said. “I had a great year off. I got to travel a lot, spend a ton of time with my kids — things I never got to do — and I got to go out on top and win a World Series. Now I can be on the other side in the front office and help get a World Series here to Chicago with the Cubs because that’s what I dreamt about as a player and that’s what I want as a front office member.”
Dempster pitched for the Cubs from 2004-12, first as the closer, and then as a starter. In his 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, he compiled a 132-133 career record and 4.35 ERA in 579 games, including 351 starts.
— Carrie Muskat