Despite recent action, Mike Lowell still planning to retire

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Following in Billy Wagner’s footsteps rather than Brett Favre’s footsteps, Mike Lowell reiterated yesterday that he still plans to retire after the season despite getting regular playing time recently in place of the injured Kevin Youkilis.

Am I personally enjoying it? Of course. That’s obvious. I have more fun playing than not playing. Yeah, it’s been much more enjoyable knowing your name’s being written in. I’m pretty much set in knowing what I’m going to do after this year. It will be fun. It will be fun enjoying my kids.

If reasonably healthy Lowell could almost surely stick around for another season or two as a part-time player, but at age 36 and with about $80 million in career earnings it’s tough to blame him for wanting to call it quits.