Fan favorite Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox is calling it quits at the end of the 2010 season.
Lowell told the Boston Herald the following:
I’m retiring. I just don’t want to make it a song and dance because I don’t think that’s necessary, but if someone needs something official, yeah, I’m going to retire. This is going to be my last year.
Primarily a third baseman, Lowell had hip and thumb surgery in 2009 and has been on the disabled list several times in the past few years. With the addition of Adrian Beltre this season, Lowell saw his playing time substantially reduced and was on the trade bubble most of the season. However, with Kevin Youkilis having season-ending thumb surgery himself, Lowell has taken over as the regular first baseman. After two months on the DL, Lowell returned to action against the Cleveland Indians on August 3 to a Fenway Park standing ovation and hit a two-run home run on the first pitch.
Lowell, who is also a cancer survivor, will have played 13 seasons in the big leagues. He is a four-time All Star and was the 2007 World Series MVP with the Red Sox. He also won a ring as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins.
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