South Orange, NJ - Dominic Featherston stunned RSL fans, players, and executives with the news this week that he is walking away from the league he dominated over his brief 5 season career. Featherston retires with a career 2.96 ERA and 1028 strikeouts in 922 innings pitched. Originally selected out of high school in the second round of the 2020 draft by the Los Angeles Stars, Mexico City's scouts liked what they saw in the young left-handed pitcher. The Guerreros acquired the prospect in a ten player mega-deal that sent 7 players, including Kevin Collins, to the Stars.
Featherston turned into one of the faces of the franchise when the Guerreros moved to San Diego in 2023 and were re-branded as the Seamen. As the staff ace, Featherston led the team to 4 consecutive playoff appearances starting in 2024. In 2024 and 2027, Featherston was selected as the Pitcher of the Year by RSL voters. The 2027 post-season brought tragedy for Featherston and the San Diego franchise, however. While pitching in the playoffs, Featherston suffered a torn UCL and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. Featherston was unable to pitch for the entire 2028 season and San Diego elected to part ways with the recovering pitcher last season rather than attempt to negotiate an extension. The Montreal Royals acquired Featherston last July in hopes that they could successfully rehabilitate and agree to an extension with Featherston. In the end, Featherston was unable to recover the command and velocity he flashed with the Seaman and could not come to an agreement with the Royals
Choking back tears in his press conference, the 27 year-old Featherston attributed his retirement to to his inability to believe that he'd ever return to his pitcher of the year form. He also lashed out at the San Dieo Seamen organization and GM, "All I ever did was pitch my heart out for the organization that believed in me when nobody else did and what did I get in return? A ticket out of town and not so much as a decent offer this off-season."