Red Sox veteran Mike Lowell confirmed to the Boston Herald on Saturday that he has officially made up his mind and will call it quits after the 2010 season.
“I’m retiring,” he said. “I just don’t want to make it a song and dance
because I don’t think that’s necessary, but if someone needs something
official, yeah, I’m going to retire. This is going to be my last year.”
Lowell, 36, has been hinting at retirement all season, so this “official” announcement should come as no surprise. The .279/.341/.464 career hitter has batted just .231 with a .297 on-base percentage, .357 slugging percentage and only four home runs in 182 at-bats this season while battling a chronic hip injury.
Lowell was named to the All-Star Game four times and was awarded one Gold Glove. He currently has 222 career home runs and 1,609 career hits.