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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Caller-Times: Kieschnick announces his retirement

The hell with Sammy Sosa…this is the retirement story of the day!

With “no regrets,” Brooks Kieschnick is calling it a career.

The former Carroll High School all-state pick and All-American at the University of Texas has announced his retirement after 13 seasons in professional baseball. The 33-year-old retired after signing a contract with the Baltimore Orioles before Christmas with an invitation to the big-league camp that opens today in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I wanted to pursue other business opportunities and spend time with my family,” Kieschnick said Wednesday night. “I’ve been playing a long time”


Repoz Posted: February 16, 2006 at 12:45 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: brewers, cubs, orioles, reds, rockies

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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 16, 2006 at 01:56 PM (#1864287)
Good night, funnyman.
   2. Greg Luzinski's #1 fan (Chris M.) Posted: February 16, 2006 at 03:03 PM (#1864363)
Too bad. He was either the best-hitting pitcher or the best-pitching hitter in the majors while filling that dual role with Milwaukee. It was fun to see a player that could do both well enough to help his club.
   3. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: February 16, 2006 at 03:06 PM (#1864367)
Yet another failed Cub prospect from the mid-90s. He came up and had a great month or two around 1995 or 1996, and then zip.
   4. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: February 16, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#1864387)
Kieschnick let the Cubs down bigger than ever in this game.
   5. Shredder Posted: February 16, 2006 at 03:28 PM (#1864395)
Man, it really makes me feel old to know that someone who's basically the same age as me is retiring, and not because he can't get a job.
   6. BK Arbour Posted: February 16, 2006 at 03:29 PM (#1864398)
For the second time this week, the CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES has the big scoop. First Cheney, now Kieschnick. Watch out Drudge Report.
   7. Sexy Lizard Posted: February 16, 2006 at 05:06 PM (#1864529)
Goodbye Brooks. You made pinch hitting for the pitcher on my Diamond Mind team a lot of fun for a little bit.
   8. Fraud Cried the Maddened Thousands Posted: February 16, 2006 at 05:14 PM (#1864546)
I rooted for him and was in person for his two-homer game (at L.A.) when he was with the Rockies. He was a fun player, when he played.
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 16, 2006 at 05:54 PM (#1864606)
Ned Yost was reluctant to use Kieschnick on the mound in many high-leverage situations, and in large part I think it's because he wanted him available if he needed a lefty PH in a tight spot and didn't want to limit himself by inserting him before he needed his bat. When he did pitch, it was usually in relatively low-leverage situations; he'd come into a game where the Brewers were trailing by 2-3 runs when the pitcher was due up in the next half-inning, bat in that spot, then come out of the game. It seems to me that Yost looked on him as a hitter who could pitch, rather than a pitcher who could hit, and it may have held him back as a pitcher.

-- MWE
   10. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: February 16, 2006 at 08:14 PM (#1864795)
Too bad. I always liked Kieschnick even if he never, ever could have lived up to all the Babe Ruth hype back in the early part of his career. I would have liked to have seen him do more in Milwaukee.

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