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whitesoxfan1986
07-23-2006, 10:00 PM
Just saw it on ESPN news. I thought he still had some years left in him.
I wonder what made him decide to hang it up. I don't know how to make a link so someone please make one.

Babe The Blue Ox
07-23-2006, 10:29 PM
He's got the Kent Hrbek disease: he likes to fish more than play baseball.

Jjav829
07-23-2006, 10:29 PM
Just saw it on ESPN news. I thought he still had some years left in him.
I wonder what made him decide to hang it up. I don't know how to make a link so someone please make one.

I know ma-gaga has been saying this, but I still can't believe he would retire after the year. Radke is only 33. He will be 34 next year, a year in which the Twins may realistically have a chance to win the World Series. Why wouldn't he want to give it another year and see if he can finally get that ring?

Based on the way Radke has pitched the last two months, he still seems to have something left.

Chisox1500
07-23-2006, 10:34 PM
He'll be back by mid-season next year if not sooner.

LuvSox
07-23-2006, 10:48 PM
Is tomorrow Brad Radke Day at the Cell, like Cal Ripken? :smile:

Kub_Killer_15
07-23-2006, 11:34 PM
Maybe he is tired of playing in that dome they call a ball park! But then again the twins get a new park next year.

The Dude
07-23-2006, 11:56 PM
Maybe he is tired of playing in that dome they call a ball park! But then again the twins get a new park next year.
Umm it wont be ready for next year.:?: Try 4 years from now.

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/min/ballpark/new_faq.jsp

Kub_Killer_15
07-24-2006, 12:04 AM
Quote:
Umm it wont be ready for next year.:?: Try 4 years from now.

Sorry I dont really pay attention to the twins:rolleyes: That must be why he is retiring then lol!

DSpivack
07-24-2006, 04:30 AM
I know ma-gaga has been saying this, but I still can't believe he would retire after the year. Radke is only 33. He will be 34 next year, a year in which the Twins may realistically have a chance to win the World Series. Why wouldn't he want to give it another year and see if he can finally get that ring?

Based on the way Radke has pitched the last two months, he still seems to have something left.

He's only 33? Wow he seems older. Good innings-eater type pitcher, not a hard thrower, I'd expect him to be able to pitch 3-4 more years, maybe more.

Grzegorz
07-24-2006, 04:33 AM
Well lets hope the White Sox do not give him any reason to reconsider his decision.

How about some double digits tonight boys???

Go White Sox!!!

ma-gaga
07-24-2006, 07:55 AM
Based on the way Radke has pitched the last two months, he still seems to have something left.

He does. I thought that he'd play with Tampa Bay one year before retiring, but the Twin Cities media machine is pumping the story that this is his last year.

So take it for what it's worth, this is his last year as a Twin. :cool:

Huisj
07-24-2006, 10:07 AM
He says his shoulder is deteriorating to the point where he needs surgery on it. This is from ESPN:

Radke says his current shoulder problem would require surgery after the season and he'll retire rather than go under the knife, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I've got a tear in there, but you just got to pitch through it. You got to pitch through the pain," Radke said.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=3177

INSox56
07-24-2006, 10:13 AM
He'll be back by mid-season next year if not sooner.

Mid season? Sorry I think it's an unwritten rule that you don't just call up "ringers" midseason unless their name is Clemens....

russ99
07-24-2006, 10:32 AM
Is tomorrow Brad Radke Day at the Cell, like Cal Ripken? :smile:

Let's send him off with a bang!

LuvSox
07-24-2006, 10:38 AM
"I've got a tear in there, but you just got to pitch through it. You got to pitch through the pain," Radke said.

He'd never make it on the Cubs with that attitude.

viagracat
07-24-2006, 11:09 AM
If it's true it's a shame. He's been good for a long time.

soxinem1
07-24-2006, 12:44 PM
This guy has always been one of the most puzzling pitchers for me to watch face the Sox. I believe he has about a .500 record against us, and his performances are like that too: either he pounds us, or we pound him, no in between. I doubt if more than a handful of games he's thrown against us were pitcher's duels. We either had his number, or he had ours.

jdm2662
07-24-2006, 01:20 PM
His career numbers vs Sox:

15-14 in 33 starts. ERA is 4.77.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5337

rsmithx
07-24-2006, 01:33 PM
I believe when he signed his current contract with the Twins (when he was contemplating actually moving to Tampa Bay to be closer to his family) it was speculated that it would be his last contract, even a few years ago his shoulder was hurting him.

As a Twins fan I will miss him, but he has definitely provided some good years of pitching. Not often you see a guy like him make it to "Staff Ace" in the majors, I think he is similar to Jamie Moyer in that he gets by on a lot more control/thinking than pure stuff guys like Santana/Liriano.

soxwon
07-24-2006, 06:52 PM
lets retire him tonight
get 18 in the first inning, and he will run off into retirement