Buehrle Considering Retirement in 2011

by Ben Cook on February 16, 2009

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle spoke openly about retirement on the first day of spring training. Despite being only 30 years old, the southpaw told reporters “as I look at it today, I don’t think you’re going to see me in a baseball uniform for too many more years. I miss my family too much when I’m away.”

Now, obviously “too many more years” is rather vague, but keep in mind the pitchers current contract expires after the 2011 season.

Would a healthy 32 year old pitcher walk away from the game? Listening to Buehrle I certainly wouldn’t question the possibility. However, a more likely scenario, at least to me, would be Buehrle working out a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals who play just minutes away from his St. Charles, MO home.

And listening to Buehrle’s reasoning, it’s tough to argue with the man.

“I’ve already done a lot of things in baseball, including winning a World Series,” he said. “I really don’t know if I’m going to have enough reasons to keep playing. I really don’t know if I’m going to want to play after this contract. Maybe I’ll just want a one-year deal.”

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