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Heres' the question and answer that says it all to me:
Q: Do you allow yourself to think about your career at this point?
A: I've had a pretty good one.
Oswalt’s back will not only likely miss his next start
Is there any precedent for someone as you and as good as Oswalt just walking away, even with an injury like this?
Back injuries seem to kill careers.
It's pretty common for football players to retire young, for obvious reasons. Tiki Barber, Barry Sanders, Robert Smith all come to mind.
#9 Koufax? He could still get people out.
Richie Ashburn walked away at age 35 due to back problems -- he hit .306 for the '62 Mets and was just 426 hits away from 3,000. If he'd been 15 years younger and was at that pace in, say, 1977, there would have been enough of a financial incentive for him to play until he made it.
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