Reports: Mussina retiring

Yankees pitcher also starred for O's

Mariners hire Wakamatsu as 1st Asian-American manager

Baseball Notes

November 20, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

New York Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina is retiring, multiple media outlets reported yesterday.

Mussina will make his decision official later this week, according to FoxSports.com, which cited unidentified major league baseball sources and was the first to report the retirement.

ESPN.com, citing an unidentified baseball source, also reported that Mussina has decided to retire.

Mussina, a former Orioles star who turns 40 on Dec. 8, is coming off the first 20-win season of his 18-year career. He is selling his home in Bedford, N.Y., FoxSports.com reported, and planning to spend more time with his family in Montoursville, Pa.

Mussina would become the first pitcher to call it quits after a 20-win season since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in 1966.

"I have not talked to him lately," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the Associated Press last night at a Manhattan charity event. "He had led me to believe that that's what was going to happen."

Only 30 wins shy of 300, Mussina was 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA for the Yankees in 2008 - becoming the oldest pitcher to win 20 games for the first time.

Mussina recently won his seventh Gold Glove and tied for sixth in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

A first-round pick of the Orioles in 1990, he will finish his career with a 270-153 record and 3.68 ERA.

He was an Oriole from 1991 to 2000, winning 19 games in two seasons and 18 games in two others.

Mariners:: Don Wakamatsu became the first Asian-American manager in major league baseball history when he was hired by Seattle. The Mariners' 14th manager, Wakamatsu, 45, was bench coach for the Athletics last season. Before that he spent five years with the Rangers. Wakamatsu replaces Jim Riggleman, who took over in June when John McLaren was fired after a 25-47 start to last season. A former catcher, Wakamatsu spent almost his entire playing career in the minors, except for 18 games with the White Sox in 1991.

Orioles:: The team released its spring training schedule for next year. Highlights include the opener against the Mets on Feb. 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - the first of 19 spring home games for the Orioles - and the last game of the spring in Fort Lauderdale on April 1 against the Marlins. Individual tickets for games at Fort Lauderdale Stadium will go on sale Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Call 954-776-1921 for more information. (For the Orioles' complete 2009 spring training schedule, see "For The Record" on PG 2.)

Royals-Red Sox:: Kansas City acquired center fielder Coco Crisp from Boston for right-handed reliever Ramon Ramirez.

Cubs:: Major League Baseball said the deadline to submit bids to buy the team from Tribune Co., which also owns The Baltimore Sun, is Dec. 1. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, said representatives of four bidders have met in New York in recent weeks with officials from the commissioner's office.

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