Moises Alou Will Retire After WBC
Speaking from Jupiter Fla., where he's preparing for the World Baseball Classic with the Dominican Republic team, outfielder Moises Alou told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's almost sure to retire at the end of the 2009 Classic.
Alou, a career .303 hitter, will exit baseball with more of a whimper than many may have expected. Injuries cost him most of the past two seasons in New York, where he played for the Mets. When he's healthy, Alou has been one of the game's best hitters, but that health has been fleeting in recent years, and now he's saying that he's deteriorated enough to warrant moving on to retirement.
"I'm tired of the nagging injuries -- my calf, my quad, my hammy, everyday something different," Alou said. "It got to the point that I didn't trust going out there. ... Everybody wants me to keep playing. I know the feelings inside -- the pains and aches. Sometimes it is time to let it go. It's not forever. (The WBC) is my last rodeo, like you guys say," 'it's a nice one.'"
Alou mentioned that he talked to the Phillies in the offseason and a handful of other clubs were interested in adding him as a pinch hitter. Yet Alou insists he isn't a part-time player, and that he'd rather retire than only contribute part-time to a new team.
So, if this is Alou's "last rodeo", what will people remember about Moises? The furious reaction to Steve Bartman's reach into the field of play? His time with the Marlins and the Expos? It seems hard to get past that glove tossing fury at Bartman when you scan back, doesn't it?
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