Lars Huijer calls it a (professional) career….

This just came in through Facebook.

Lars Huijer during the Cubs’ Spring Training camp (photo, courtesy of Phrake Photography)

Lars Huijer has decided to turn his back from professional baseball. He says that he has decided to go back to school and to focus on a different career.

Lars was signed by the Mariners in 2011. He debuted in the same year for the Arizona League Mariners for which he pitched in five games, three of them starts. The next year the M’s sent him to Pulaski (Rookie, Appalachian League) where he spent the short season. In 2013 he pitched for the Everett AquaSox (A Short Season, Northwest League) where he had his best season in the Mariners organization. In fourteen games (thirteen starts) he won eight games and lost two and set a 3.03 ERA. For that team he won the award for being the best pitcher.
Lars split the 2014 season between the Clinton LumberKings (A Full Season) and the High Desert Mavericks (A Advanced).
In the off season, Lars was traded to the Cubs for which he recently started the Minor League Spring Training Camp. The expectations were that he would start with the Carolina League’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

According to the Nederlandse Honkbalsite, Huijer decided to call it a career because of the uncertainty. “You’ll never know if you’re going to make it.” In the Netherlands, Lars will pick up his study at the Sports Academy. He has joined his hometown team Vaessen Pioniers from Hoofddorp where his brother Swen (who played for the Red Sox organization) is playing.

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