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Stunner: Meche retires

Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 4:05 pm
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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 CBSSports.com 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
 
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Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Hey look, another professional athlete I've barely heard of making $10+ million a year based on what was probably a handful of good games 6-7 years ago.  I don't know what everyone's talking about, the health of professional sports seems fine to me.  Very sustainable.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

The real story is STILL the ridiculous contract offered by the Royals to Meche, which is proven by mediocre performance, injury, and now premature retirement.  I doubt if anyone outside his personal circle truly cares if Gil Meche pitches next year or has a happy life - it's because of the $60M contract that this gets attention.  These players all get paid too much, and the fans need to stop funding their fantasy-like existence.  The fact that an average talent such as Meche has the OPTION of leaving $12M on the table says everything you need to know about the state of baseball.


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Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:14 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Could this be viewed as one of the worst free agent signings in sports history?  The Royals basically got nothing for $55 Million.  What a loser franchise. 



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

I remember when our Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi was so pissed at Meche for signing with the last place Royals then with the Jays, seems like we dodged a bullet there!



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Did anyone by chance happen to see that Meche was quoted as saying he's retiring because of his shoulder.  Basically surgery is the only option and it would knock him out all of 2011 and maybe half of 2012.  And there's no guarantee that it would be fixed.  Too suggest anything about wanting to go to a different team or drugs or something of that matter, is just stupid.  And we criticize players for taking too much money and now some people are criticizing him because he's leaving 12 mil on the table.  Make up your minds!!!!



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Way to live the New York Stereotype.  How about don't comment on other people's lives and decicions, lest you be judged.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Stop it with the class act BS ... leaving 12 million dollars on the table is not in any way indicative of class, morals, or integrity.  On the contrary it is quite indicative of a high degree of stupidity, or in the very least, questionable intelligence

Written by a true New Yorker, which is saying a person of a high degree of stupidity, or in the very least, questionable intelligence.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires


Stop it with the class act BS ... leaving 12 million dollars on the table is not in any way indicative of class, morals, or integrity.  On the contrary it is quite indicative of a high degree of stupidity, or in the very least, questionable intelligence.





Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Stunner: Meche retires

Shame on me - I am officially jaded!!!  I read the article headline and will admit that other than his stats I know absolutely nothing about Meche AND YET the first thing I thought of was something slimy - ala Brett Favre or Carmelo Anthony - i.e. the only way he was going to give up this money is because he wants to go to another team or take his ball and go home.  That makes me sad.  I'm hopeful this is just a class guy that decided he wanted something different in his life and knew that the money he has already made is more than enough to satisfy a lifetime of his financial obligations.  Good luck to you and your family Mr. Meche!


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