Derek Lowe “Officially” Stepping Away From Baseball

July 18, 2013 3:28 PM
Derek Lowe “Officially” Stepping Away From Baseball
" BOSTON (CBS) – After 17 years in Major League Baseball, former Red Sox postseason hero Derek Lowe is calling it a career.

“I’m officially no longer going to play the game,” Lowe told USA Today. “It’s still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn’t fulfilling.”

Lowe wouldn’t use the word “retirement,” but won’t pursue any other opportunities. He last pitched on May 19 for the Texas Rangers, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings. He was released him four days later.

Lowe had been pitching in mop-up situations for Texas, appearing in nine games and allowing 13 earned runs over 13 innings of work.

“I was grateful for the opportunity that they gave me in spring training. But having been able to be a starter or a closer throughout your career, being the mop-up long relief guy, I just turned 40 – let someone else try that. … There was no going to (Triple-A) Round Rock, put it that way.”

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The 40-year-old Lowe walks away with a 176-157 career record and a 4.03 earned-run average in 681 career games with the Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers "

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