PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia reliever Dan Plesac retired
Thursday, ending an 18-year career. He appeared in 1,064 games,
fourth on baseball's all-time list.
Plesac and the Phillies had been negotiating a new contract and
the club offered salary arbitration to him on Sunday. Instead,
Plesac told general manager Ed Wade that was going to retire to
spend more time with his family.
"Dan did an outstanding job for us in our bullpen in both 2002
and 2003 and we were looking forward to having him back in 2004,"
Wade said. "Dan has talked about retirement a number of times, and
this time he says he's serious about it. We will miss him both on
the field and in the clubhouse, as will his teammates."
The 41-year-old was 2-1 with two saves and a 2.70 ERA in 58
appearances last season with the Phillies. He was the last Phillies
pitcher to record an out at Veterans Stadium when he struck out the
Braves' Ryan Langerhans.
Plesac passed Lee Smith and Kent Tekulve on the appearances list
and needed only six more to tie Hoyt Wilhelm for third place.
Plesac finished with a career record of 65-71 with 158 saves and
a 3.64 ERA.