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Dunner44
03-03-2006, 01:41 PM
According to Lancaster:

FORT MYERS -- Wandered over to the Twins' clubhouse during Reds batting practice, looking for three-time former Red Gabe White. The Twins had already taken BP and I hadn't seen him on the field, but I thought I'd try to find him. He came into the clubhouse in street clothes shortly thereafter, and exchanged hugs with a couple of teammates. Odd. Then he disappeared into manager Ron Gardenhire's office for quite a while.

As it turns out, White spent all of last night awake, staring at the TV, and decided he couldn't do it anymore. He retired today, ending a professional baseball career that began in 1990.

"I respect this game a lot," said White. "I know thereís a lot of people in this game now that seem like they donít, but Iíve respected this game every second Iíve played it, and Iíve tried to give back as much as itís given to me. I donít think I could ever do that, but Iíve certainly tried. I just think if I canít do what I should be able to do, itís just time to go."

White was vying for a spot as a lefty specialist in the Twins' bullpen after spending last year with the Cardinals' organization. He played in the majors for five different teams, including stints with the Reds from 1997-2000, 2002-03 and a return engagement in 2004.

The 34-year-old made his Twins debut in their Grapefruit League opener last night agaisnt the Red Sox. He gave up back-to-back triples and two runs in his one inning of work, but he said that didn't have anything to do with his decision.

Now that his playing days are done, White said he'll just relax for a while. He said he might like to get back into the game as a pitching coach at some point. I imagine he'd make a pretty good one if he gave it a shot.

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/spring/


I liked Gabe.... best of luck with retirement...

TeamBoone
03-03-2006, 01:48 PM
Awwww. Good luck to you, Gabe, whatever you ultimately decide to do.

Super_Barry11
03-03-2006, 02:02 PM
These retirements make me so sad!! White seemed like such a nice guy, so I always liked him... I hope he ends up becoming a pitching coach!!

Chip R
03-03-2006, 02:42 PM
Godspeed, Gabe.

Joseph
03-03-2006, 02:53 PM
These retirements make me sad because they make me feel old. :)

Aceking
03-03-2006, 03:12 PM
Too bad. I was looking forward to trading for him again. 9th times a charm!

MartyFan
03-03-2006, 05:13 PM
I feel really old because he is younger than me!

Team Clark
03-03-2006, 06:22 PM
According to Lancaster:

"I respect this game a lot," said White. "I know thereís a lot of people in this game now that seem like they donít, but Iíve respected this game every second Iíve played it, and Iíve tried to give back as much as itís given to me. I donít think I could ever do that, but Iíve certainly tried. I just think if I canít do what I should be able to do, itís just time to go."

No one could have asked for more. Good luck Gabe. The game needs more quality guys like Gabe. He and Stan Belinda were two class individuals.

KronoRed
03-03-2006, 06:30 PM
Good luck in the future Gabe :)

MrCinatit
03-03-2006, 08:12 PM
These retirements make me sad because they make me feel old. :)

word. especially when the guy who retired is three years younger than i am.

REDREAD
03-03-2006, 10:05 PM
Wow, time sure does fly. I always liked Gabe White. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

TeamBoone
03-04-2006, 01:57 PM
Publication date: 03-04-2006
'Time to move on,' White decides
By Marc Lancaster / Post staff reporter

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Well after his teammates had finished batting practice Friday morning, Gabe White walked into the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse in blue jeans, black boots and a Harley-Davidson T-shirt.

The veteran reliever, who served three separate tours with the Reds, stopped by the lockers of teammates Torii Hunter, Rondell White and Shannon Stewart and ex- changed hugs and handshakes, then he disappeared into Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's office for the last time as a major league player.

Following a sleepless night spent staring at the television, White had decided it was time to retire. Friday, the 34-year-old walked away from a professional baseball career that began in 1990.

"I went through a lot of emotions last night and this morning, a lot of crying and a lot of bawling," White admitted. "Just physically and mentally, it's time to move on, to let somebody else do it. Everybody in this room's going to go through that at some point, some sooner than others."

White was the Montreal Expos' first-round draft pick in 1990. He first came to Cincinnati in 1997, and spent all of the next two seasons with the Reds as he grew into a reliable lefty specialist. The Reds traded him to Colorado the first week of the 2000 season, but the Rockies sent him back to Cincinnati following the 2001 season. The Reds jettisoned White again in the July 2003 fire sale, trading him to the Yankees, then reacquired him in June 2004.

His effectiveness waned, though, and he made only 14 appearances last season, split between the Cardinals and their Class AAA affiliate in Memphis. He joined the Twins this offseason on a minor-league deal and was vying for a job in their bullpen. After a rough outing in the Twins' exhibition opener Thursday, in which he gave up back-to-back triples and two runs in one inning, White felt it was best to walk away.

"I respect this game a lot," he said. "I know there's a lot of people in this game now that seem like they don't, but I've respected this game every second I've played it, and I've tried to give back as much as it's given to me. I don't think I could ever do that, but I've certainly tried. I just think if I can't do what I should be able to do, it's just time to go."

As for what comes next, White isn't sure. He said he'd go home to Sebring, Fla., and relax for a while. After a while, he allowed, he might just want to become a pitching coach. Though he has plenty of other interests, he said, baseball is really all he knows when it comes to work.

"Not only is it the most difficult decision that I've made in my life to this point, it's also the scariest," White said. "To use an analogy, it's like being in the military - or, even worse, being in prison. Literally for half of my life I've been doing this professionally, and the other half I was trying to get to the professional level. So I've basically done this my whole life.

"I enjoy so many other things and there's so many other things I can do. But thinking about going out into the real world and not going and getting a five-day-a-week job, it's a little scary. Now I have to figure out what I'm going to do."

http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060304/SPT05/603040376/1027