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