"Twelve-Game-Winner" Cain Calls It Quits
Matt Cain announced his retirement today after a long and ultimately frustrating career.
Initially considered an outstanding prospect with unlimited potential, he acquired the unfortunate nickname "Twelve-Game-Winner" after the 2010 season when he won 12 games for the second year in a row for the San Francisco Giants.
He got off to a great start the year before and was believed to have finally begun to acheive his potential. He had 12 wins by the All Star break, and was named a member of that year's All Star team, although he was unable play due to a minor injury.
Amazingly he never won another game that year, even though he usually pitched quite well.
The next year he won his 12th game of the year in his last start, finishing with a record of 12-23. From then on the nickname would be his forever.
He spent the last 13 years of his career as a middle reliever for 8 different teams.