Lowell might retire after season
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who is making his first start of the season tonight, can have a better playing situation for himself next year because he will be a free agent. But the catch is there might not be a next year for Lowell. The 36-year-old veteran says there’s a good chance that he will retire after the season, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Lowell was asked if his current playing situation made him look forward to next year.
“No, I don’t because this probably is my last year,” said Lowell.
Then, he talked of how he turned down a four-year deal to go to the Phillies and took a three-year deal to stay in Boston. In fact, that was when he first came to the realization that 2010 might be the last of his career.
“Three years ago, to be honest with you,” said Lowell. “I have no qualms about it. My agent wanted to kill me for not taking a four-year deal and I said I don’t know if I want to play four years but I know if I sign a four-year contract, I’m going to play four years. I didn’t know that. I tried to look at the big picture. I see my family, I see the age my kids are at. They’re both starting a new school next year – all that good stuff. There’s a lot of reasons for dad to be there. Has this scenario maybe put baseball a little bit lower? I don’t think so. But it grinds at you a little. That’s where the mental challenge comes in.”
Is there anything that could change Lowell’s mind about playing in ’11?
“”Well, I’m not 100 percent sure [about retiring],” Lowell said. “I would say I’m well up there. Actually I would love for the last year of my career to be the best year of my career if that would be the case. I don’t think there’s any better way of going out than on top. Why not?”
What if his health keeps improving this year? Would that change his mind?
“No, no. If I hit 30 home runs this year or if I hit three, I don’t think that stance is going to change,” said Lowell.