Derek Lowe has retired from baseball, though he preferred not to use that word when discussing the matter with USA Today.
"I'm officially no longer going to play the game," Lowe said (usatoday.com). "It's still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn't fulfilling.
"Like I told my dad, I'll never retire. If you're not playing, it's completely self-explanatory. I'm not going to go to the Hall of Fame, so I don't feel like I need to have a retirement speech."
Lowe ends an admirable 17-year career. He was a two-time All-Star -- once as a closer and once as a starter -- and won a World Series ring with the 2004 Red Sox. He went 176-157 with a 4.03 ERA (109 ERA+), 1.33 WHIP and 1,722 strikeouts in 2,671 1/3 career innings. He also had 86 saves.
He played with the Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers, making more than $100 million in his career. Considering the latter, it's pretty easy to see why Lowe decided against accepting his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and instead just hung the cleats up for good.
As Lowe himself said, he's not going to the Hall of Fame, though he'll probably be one of those one-and-done guys on the ballot like Terry Mulholland was this past year.