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Long-time major league pitcher Derek Lowe has retired from the game after 17 seasons.
Said Lowe, “I’m officially no longer going to play the game…But I was able to play 17 years on some pretty cool teams and win a World Series. So, everyone’s got to stop playing at some point, and this is my time.”
Lowe began his career with the Mariners and was acquired by the Red Sox in 1997 in a deal that also brought Jason Varitek to Boston. Known for his sinker, Lowe landed the closer role in 1999 and was an All-Star the following year. He was again an All-Star in 2002 after returning to the starting rotation. He posted a 21-8 record with a 2.58 ERA and ended the year third in Cy Young voting.
That year Lowe also threw a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. It was the first at Fenway Park since 1965.
However, Lowe’s most memorable performance came in the 2004 postseason. After a down year that saw him spend time in the bullpen, Lowe dazzled in the playoffs. He was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of all three series, first against the Angels, then the Yankees, and finally the Cardinals, helping the Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.
Lowe signed a four-year deal with the Dodgers in the 2005 off-season, ending his time in Boston. He also went on to pitch for the Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers. The 40-year-old describes his recent stints as enjoyable but not fulfilling. For that reason he has decided to hang it up.
While Lowe did not sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of a specific team, Red Sox fans will always consider him one of their own.