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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: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:43 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Higer salary = Hight ticket price....that's why people care.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:23 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:18 pm
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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:03 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

First off excuse my spelling....All these people complaining about him being a mediocre player, need to really understand what it takes to become an MLB starting pitcher. This is not the NFL where players are paid more than veterns before they run a single play. 99% of baseball players are stuck in single A, AA, then AAA before they even have a shot at the big leagues. So other than the initial signing bonus most players make peanuts until they make the big show. Last note, the man was in the MLB for a long time, he earned the big contract, unlike an Alex Smith or Matt Leinhert in the NFL.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:42 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Here is a guy who is a very dam good pitcher on a really bad team. Those that call him average don't really know what they're talking about. He has had injury problems his whole career and played on 2 teams that have been constantly rebuilding. I hope he takes the time off to fully rehabilitate his body at least. If he does come back he should go to a team that is a winner. His retirement I suspect is because of his buddy Greinke's departure from K.C. and losing John Buck a couple years ago didn't help either.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:37 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

How are people still talking sh*t about this situation?


What percentage of pro athletes would do that? 5%?

We all know bad contracts are written- this guy is a class act.

The Royals can use that money for something else.. they have a great farm system, the best in baseball, and they could add someone quality next offseason with some of that cash.

The people that are naysaying Gil Meche because he got a big contract based off POTENTIAL- and that's a lot of sports. It's all POTENTIAL based. Why negativity on an article like this? Sad part is, most of you people spewing sh*t on a GOOD sports story are probably Yankee or Red Sox fans.

You guys suck.

Ask yourself: What would Derek Jeter do? We all know that answer.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:15 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

A "Beast"? You do know that lifetime he is 84-83 right?
You do also know that his best years in Seattle were 1999 when he was 8-4, 2003 when he was 15-13, and 2006 when he was 11-8 and his best year in KC was 2008 when he was 14-11, lifetime ERA of 4.49, .503 winning %
Tell me how THAT qualifies as being a "beast"? He was a .500 pitcher, had good stuff but wasn't electrifying, he was a servicable major league pitcher with an average career I'd hardly call that "Beastly".

I will give him respect for doing the right thing and not taking the Royals money to sit on the DL all year like Bedard has done with Seattle, he is honorable in that sense and for that he needs to be commended.

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:06 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

I will miss him - he was a quality pitcher stuck on a team that gave him little run support. Still, I wish he would get the operations he needs - maybe he could begin a second career as a recovered starter or a quality releiver.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:01 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

If an ounce of what Gil Meche says is true and heartfelt, then I commend him for  retiring honorably.  Yes, there have been dozens upon dozens of bad contracts, or what fans like me think are over-valued, in this decade alone.  Look no further than Dan Uggla's with ATL or Soriano's with the NYY.  The market is what it is.  If a team is willing to pay (Zito, Hampton, Pavano) and the player agrees, then it's a contract.  It's sad to see posters and bloggers jump on someone's back for doing the right and admirable thing.   

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:53 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

the guy was a beast in seattle. I was so upset they got rid of him, and then kansas city cashed in and stole a great pitcher. Its a shame injuries ruined him. If you havent heard of gil meche you don't follow baseball very well...

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