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Stunner: Meche retires

Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 4:05 pm
Gil Meche
The Royals have announced that pitcher Gil Meche is retiring with a year and $12 million left on his club-record five-year, $55 million contract.

Meche, 32, was limited to nine starts in 2010 due to shoulder problems. He decided for forgo surgery on the shoulder, not wanting to be out for the 2011 season. He said in August his plan was to rehab as well as he could and return in the bullpen.

He's expected to release a statement soon, but if Meche is retiring because he doesn't want to take money he's not going to earn next season, he is to be commended. There aren't a lot of athletes who would do that.

UPDATE: Here is the statement from Meche:
"After a lot of thinking and prioritizing of issues in my life I have decided to retire from baseball.  As a competitor my entire life this is the hardest decision that I've ever faced, but it's not fair to me, my family or the Kansas City Royals that I attempt to pitch anymore.  I came into this game as a starting pitcher and unfortunately my health, more accurately, my shoulder, has deteriorated to the point where surgery would be the only option and at this stage of my life I would prefer to call it a career rather than to attempt to pitch in relief for the final year of my contract.  I can't thank the Kansas City Royals and their fans enough for my four seasons there and if I have any regret, it's that we weren't able to accomplish on the field what the goal was when I signed there."
UPDATE: Well, maybe we need to hold off on declaring Meche a national hero. Danny Knobler of is hearing from sources in Kansas City that Meche's contract might stipulate that the Royals have to pay Meche anyway. In that case the team would probably be able to recoup at least some of that through insurance. We'll update when we get more details.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: FOX Sports' Jon-Paul Morosi reports that multiple sources have told him Meche will forfeit the $12 million due him. You don't hear much about players passing up dollars too often -- especially guaranteed -- so one has to really give props here. Meche knew he couldn't perform, so instead of heading to spring training, landing on the DL and collecting $12 million, he opted to call it quits.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Gil Meche, Royals

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:45 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

I'm 32.  I'd like to retire too.

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:32 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Wow...maybe he knew he had no chance facing the Twins line up throughout the season!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:13 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

There might be a correlation between high salaries and high ticket prices in baseball, it's called the bigger the market the more can charge and the more you can pay. Don't see the royals lowering the 2011 ticket prices because Greinke and Meche are gone and along with their salaries. Hopefully the farm system is as good as everyone in baseball is saying and the Royals can have a little extra cash when those boys start coming up to the bigs in groups. Meche wasn't worth paying 12 million on a 95 loss team and he probably didn't think it was the last 12 million to go thru another terrible season. Guess he'll have to retire at 32 with the 43 million he made in 4 years, over a million per win.......

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 9:12 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Higer salary = Hight ticket price....that's why people care.
So you really think that the owners' hearts are so big that they wouldn't pocket the extra money if players were paid less?  No, they wouldn't be that greedy.

By the way, I have a bridge for sale if you're interested.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Absolutely incorrect. Studies and data on several sports leagues from several diferent eras show zero correlation between ticket prices and salaries. The driving force behind ticket prices is the owners valuation of their product. In other words, they will charge you as much as they think they can get out of you. Teams have regularly increased ticket prices while cutting payroll or keeping payroll stagnant. Dont drink the cool aid brother.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:52 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Well now that he's gone that frees up room in the starting lineup for.... uh...... nevermind...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:33 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Weather he is retiring for arm problems or just sick and tired of playing on a losing team like the Royals I dont know. But Gil Meche did what he thought was the right thing Congratulations to him and I wish him all the best. These owners are collecting luxury taxes and pocketing all the proceeds. Just Because they are small market teams does not mean that they can not be competitive. They all have a 4 tired farm systems That they can build upon. The Rockies got rid of bad investments I/E Neagle,Hampton and others. and Reward their home grown talent accordingly. Now the Tampa D-Rays had to have a fire sale this year because the could not pay for the talent they developed. This system is screwed up but some teams trade most of their talented players to play on the free agent market. The Yankee's and Red Sox go the free agent way along with the Philly's and Cubs. Point is these owners should be accountable for that luxury tax money see if they are pocketing money.

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 6:21 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

so now we have like only 2 guys making over 2million............awesome!!!!!!

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:59 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

First Favre, then Regis, now Meche? Happy trails Gil, thanks for stealing that sparse Royal money for the last few years.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:50 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Whats the rules with signing with a team after retiring?  Maybe he wants to go to a good team as a F.A.

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