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Corey Koskie Calls It Quits

When we look back on his career, Corey Koskie will probably be known as an infielder who played awfully hard every day. Now we know that's exactly the mentality that helped end his career prematurely, too.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Koskie is officially retiring from baseball at the ripe old age of 35 (we also mentioned it right here). Fresh off a stint with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Koskie decided to walk away from the game because of ongoing struggles with post-concussion symptoms and concerns over more concussions down the road.

In fact, that's the only reason Koskie is retiring. By his own analysis -- and, it seems, by other accounts as well -- the former Twins third baseman stood a very good chance of making the Cubs 40-man roster out of spring training. Yet another incident that reminded him of the threat of more concussions last week -- a scary, head-first dive for a ball -- convinced him now was the time to leave.

Here's what Koskie told reporters in a conference call about his recent scare, and his decision to put a premature stop to his playing days.

"I really have no doubt in my mind that I would have made this team," Koskie said. "The guys over here were impressed. I've played in three games, and I hit a double off the center field wall, and then I pinch hit. I put together six good [plate appearances, including a walk]. I don't feel my skills were diminished. I don't feel there was much of a rust factor at all. ...

"I made the decision that this time it wasn't worth it. The risks outweighed the rewards of the situation."

Oh, and there was one more factor that reinforced Koskie's final decision: His son, Joshua, was hit with a concussion just last weekend, making the risks sink in just as Koskie was headed for another scare himself.

Is Koskie making the right move, or is he walking away with too much left on the table? What would you have done? And is Koskie setting a proud/prudent example for other players to follow?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 22, 2009; 9:23 AM ET
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Without knowing exactly what the doctors said it is hard to know what the right decision is in this particular case. In general, however, I applaud his decision to place health and family above a cockeyed ideal of machismo denial. He is avoiding not only a possible tragedy, but the all-to-common spectacle (did someone mention Barry Bonds?) of aging athletes who don't know when to quit.

Posted by: angusgoodson | March 23, 2009 5:06 AM | Report abuse

I second AG, given what limited information we do have.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 23, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

The guy has made over 26 million dollars for his career. I don't think you can say he's walking away too early.

The fact that he can walk away and will be able (hopefully) to enjoy his life without the awful effect of too many concussions is worth more than a couple hundred thousand he doesn't really need to survive.

I don't know what I would have done, but at least he got 9 seasons out of his career. I'd like to think I would have retired but it would be hard, very hard.

Posted by: adampschroeder | March 23, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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