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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:53 pm

Stunner: Meche retires


How about a little restraint regarding the taking of College classes, last I checked:

Ethics - The system of moral values: the principle of right or good character

Integrity - Uprightness of character; honesty; the condition, quality, or state of being complete or undivided

I would say that Meche showed good moral values, the principle of right or good character as well as uprightness of character and honesty. Wouldn't you? Don't need a college class to figure that one out (although I took that class myself), but a dictionary helped!

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:47 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Smells like someone had a failed drug test coming up in their future.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:46 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Maybe the Mets should sign him now.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:43 pm

Stunner: Meche retires


Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:42 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

By not comprimising his integrity he did the ethical thing. Contracts are insured, so the teams aren't on the hook for the entire amount owed to the player. So there!

I'm not in this guy's head, nor are you, but it's silly to suggest that he's retiring just because he doesn't want to pitch for the Royals (Maybe that was a joke?). It seems as though he's retiring becuase he doesnt want to get shoulder surgery, face a year of rehab, be away from his family and maybe not even make it back. Class act all the way.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

contracts are insured anyway no harm would have come to the royals either way

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:32 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

I do not know of many athletes that would leave $12 million on the table because they would not be able to contribute in the manner they are accustom to.  He could have played and taken the money. He would have walked away richer financially but poorer as a person.  I commend his decision and hope other professional athletes pay heed and do not put money in front of integrity.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:31 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Ugh yeah I think I would of stuck it out for 1 more year.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:28 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Actually, it is integrity that is compromised not one's ethics. Most people make the confusion because they have not taken a business ethics course at the college level. But that's understandable...getting back to Gil Meche. Yes, I agree with you the guy is a class act. But have you considered that he just does not want to play for an awful Royals team anymore? It wasn't worth 12 mill to humiliate himself by playing on a wretched team. I also think that if athletes get hurt then should only get paid half of their salary. The reason is if they get injured then the team should be able to find someone to fill in and that usually requires money...which is something many sports teams say they don't have much of. 

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2011 1:18 pm

Stunner: Meche retires

Class act.  Athletes, look to this guy for inspiration.

Walk away with your ethics intact ..... retire when it's time.

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