Billy Wagner recorded his National League-leading 50th game finished last night, vesting a $6.5 million option for the 2011 season, however he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s no Brett Favre:
“I’m retiring. I don’t know how to say it in a
politically correct way, that anybody’s going to believe me.”
“Until I don’t show up next year, nobody’s going to believe me. Brett Favre’s f–ed it up for everybody.”
It’s not like we’d complain if he stuck around. Wagner has an incredible 1.68 ERA, 30 saves and a 77/15 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings this season. With two strikeouts on Friday night, Wagner tied Jesse Orosco for the most strikeouts ever (1,169) by a left-handed reliever. He should be all alone at the top soon enough.