Jose Quintana reached an impressive career milestone with the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season when he accrued 10 years of major league service.
Most importantly, it means the Pirates left-hander became fully vested in the Major League Baseball Players Association’s pension plan. It also means Quintana has been around a long time.
The 33-year-old knows how the business of baseball works. Thus, he realizes his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings at PNC Park was likely his last.
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