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Friday, May 18, 2007

Aaron Small - Announced Retirement

P Aaron Small announced his retirement.

You gotta give Small credit - it takes balls for a relatively non-descript player to actually announce their retirement.  More typically, the journeyman is released after hitting .138 for the Iowa Cubs and then getting a “placed on the restricted list.” mention in BA’s weekly minor league transaction round-up.  Small, of course, is most famous for his huge 10-0 run for the Yankees in 2005.  That’s probably also what he’s least famous for.  Small did mention God in his statement, which is ultra-old at this point, especially since St. Sebastian is in charge of athletes and God and Jesus are in a completely different department.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 18, 2007 at 11:43 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The NeverEnding Torii (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh) Posted: May 20, 2007 at 06:25 AM (#2371114)
He probably announced his retirement as a way to remind the Yankees that he existed. God knows they could use all the help they can get.
   2. outofthebullpen Posted: May 21, 2007 at 12:25 AM (#2371801)
Aaron Small was a classy guy. I still can't get over how they got rid of him on or around Father's Day. Anybody know who didn't want him around? Surely no one thought there were too many pitchers?!
   3. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: May 21, 2007 at 01:22 AM (#2372044)
Anybody know who didn't want him around? Surely no one thought there were too many pitchers?!
I think who didn't want him around was everyone. I'm forever grateful to Small for 2005, but the guy was never a good pitcher and he had an ERA of 8.46 when they cut him. The guy even said: "I'm the obvious choice [to be released]...I don't blame them for getting rid of me."

Like you said, class act but I have no regrets from a talent standpoint on that move
   4. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: May 21, 2007 at 01:32 AM (#2372108)
Aaron Small's 2005 season must have won the Jose Lima Award.

Jose Lima's 2003 season is the inspiration for that award. Lima started off 7-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 8 starts in the middle of 2003. Then he got hurt and pitched like crap. He turned into a pumpkin after getting hurt in the game against the D-Rays (which I was at).

Granted, Small didn't win 7 games in 7 starts like Lima did.
   5. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: May 25, 2007 at 03:32 PM (#2378458)
I was shocked to see this news. He was in AAA for the Mariners last I knew, and Seattle can use any starter that can fog up a mirror. OTOH, if he retired because THEY released him, he really is at the end of the line.

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