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If he retires, Mark Buehrle would leave potential HOF case behind

Mark Buehrle has dropped more hints of late that he could retire following this season. AP Photo/Charles Cherney

There have been rumors that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle will announce his retirement following this season, and with the Blue Jays' American League Division Series roster out and Buehrle not on it -- and he conceivably won't be in any playoff rosters that follow -- it appears we might have seen the last of the lefty veteran after 16 years and 493 starts (the most of any active pitcher).

In doing so, the 36-year-old would leave behind some pretty lofty numbers, including 214 wins and a respectable 3.81 ERA. He also would leave the game just a few years shy of a legit Hall of Fame case.

Buehrle, of course, never had the sheer dominance of a Clayton Kershaw or Max Scherzer. But he was also not just a simple compiler of stats, as some have suggested.