The 35-year-old city resident signed a contract with the Pittsfield Colonials in dual roles as pitching coach and starter.
having been invited to spring training by multiple professional clubs,
Paronto decided to hang up his professional career to be closer to his
"I know that I can pitch in the big leagues but that's the least of my concerns," Paronto said at a press conference Friday. "I chose to retire for my family."
Last season, Paronto led the Pawtucket Red Sox in appearances with 54 and posted a 4.22 ERA out of the bullpen. But at the end of the year, he said he began thinking of retiring in order to spend more time with his children.
Read more of Pittsfield Colonials Sign Former Major Leaguer