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?
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