Josh Hader’s wife reflected on the couple’s time in Milwaukee after the Brewers traded the All-Star pitcher to the Padres on Monday.
Maria Hader described the stunning trade deadline move as “bittersweet.”
“MKE – thank you for the last 6 years!” Maria Hader wrote on Instagram, including a trio of photos that showed the couple at Brewers games. “So many exciting things have happened for us while on this team & we have made life long friendships along the way with some of the best people. Thank you to everyone who has rooted for us & has taken care of us these last couple of years. Such a bittersweet day.
“But we are so excited for this new chapter in our lives & in Josh’s career & we can’t wait to be in the West Coast. Thank you @brewers & Go @padres!”
On Monday, San Diego acquired Hader from Milwaukee in exchange for left-hander Taylor Rogers, righty Dinelson Lamet and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz.
The WAGs of Brewers players shared farewell messages to the couple on Instagram, including second baseman Kolten Wong’s wife, Alissa Wong, and Megan Houser, the wife of pitcher Adrian Houser.
Hader paid tribute to the Brewers in a video post on Instagram, thanking the city of Milwaukee for supporting him. The left-hander spent his entire major-league career with the Brewers, who acquired him — along with Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana — in a 2015 trade that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros.
Hader and his wife welcomed their first child — a son named Lucas Alexander Hader — in June. Lucas arrived less than a month after Maria experienced placenta previa, a rare condition in which Hader took time off in May to tend to his wife.
Hader — who was named an All-Star this season (his fourth overall nod) — had another dominant season for Milwaukee, despite recent struggles ahead of the deadline.
“Josh Hader is one of the best closers in the league,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “He’s been there, done that, pitched in big spots, big playoff games. He’s got elite stuff.”
Hader is a three-time winner of the National League Reliever of the Year Award.