Originally Posted by Vottomatic
But it has to be said.............it sure seems like he's taken a very long time to make a decision about playing next season.............and did he really expect the Reds to wait on him?
I think retirement is a tough decision at any age. It's a huge life change -- baseball is all he's ever known, I would imagine. Obviously, he's set financially, but no amount of money can buy happiness, and sometimes more family time can't either. I think that's something that the Freel situation should remind us. Not that Rolen is in any danger of harming himself, obviously, but just that retiring ballplayers have a tough transition to make, especially when they are looking at restarting their lives around the age of 40.