Angels' Shields likely to retire
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:54 pm
Scot Shields, a powerful weapon out of the Angels' bullpen during the heart of his career, will likely retire after the season, he told the Los Angeles Times.
"There's a business and a personal side of it," he said. "From the business side, you look at the bullpen and you can see all the young relievers they have coming up. On the personal side, your family comes first, and I've missed too much of my life with them. It might be time to go home."
Shields, 35, is the last remaining Angels player from the 2002 championship team. He was named "setup man of the decade" by Sports Illustrated after posting some workhorse seasons, leading all relievers in innings pitched from 2004-08. He suffered a knee injury last June that ended his season, and had gone 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA this year while posting his fewest innings and highest WHIP of any full season in his career. Shields, in the final year of a three-year, $14.6 million contract, hasn't pitched since September 7 due to elbow inflammation.
-- David Andriesen
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