Derek Lowe is 'officially no longer' a baseball player

Derek Lowe has decided to retire, though he won't use the word.
Derek Lowe has decided to retire, though he won't use the word. (USATSI)

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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 ( "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, 40, was designated for assignment on May 20 by the Rangers, and no one picked him up, so the writing was obviously on the wall for the right-hander.

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.


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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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