A radio report out of Cleveland gives no reason why Foulke is deciding to retire and abandon a $5 million salary.
Pitchers and catchers reported to Winter Haven today, all but one of them that is. Keith Foulke will announce his retirement, ending the closer competition before the first practice session even took place. Joe Borowski will be the Tribe 9th inning man after Foulke decided to call it quits. Even though it was called a competition, Foulke was the guy most expected to win the job and be the teamâ€™s stopper, the role he had with the Boston Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2004.
Foulke had three rocky years in Boston, highlighted by his remarkable playoff performance in the 2004 ALCS and World Series. As powerful as Manny Ramirez’ bat was, Foulke’s gutty performances were truly the most valuable for the Red Sox as they won that season’s World Series. The following two injury riddled seasons seemed to deflate Keith Foulke, and some quarters of Red Sox fandom soured on the one time hero of the team.
In ten major league seasons Foulke had a 41-34 record with 190 saves and a ERA of 3.30. He didn’t do it with power, instead relying on a deceptive change up to fool batters.
- 2 Former Red Sox Players Moving On
- Editorial: Let Manny be Manny
- The 2007 Indians Bullpen
- Tampa Bay Rays earn spot in World Series
- Hanley Ramirez Hurts His Shoulder (Again)
- Watch out for Cleveland!
- Red Sox Offseason Progress – Bullpen
- Wang sucks (again), ends Yanks season
- The Mighty Ducks- Anaheim beats San Jose 4-1, take series
- How Manny became a Jedi
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
Comments are Closed