Phillies' Cliff Lee plans on retiring after 2016 season

Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee has been one of the most dominant pitchers lately. In the month of September, Lee had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 54/1. That is absolutely insane. He has enjoyed a great career so far, but he doesn’t plan on signing another big contract.

When his contract expires after the 2016 season, Cliff Lee plans on retiring from the game of baseball, he told reporters after his loss tonight.

Lee, 35, has enjoyed a great career. He has gone 139-85 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1739/452 strikeout-to-walk ratio. When asked why he would retire, he told reporters this via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

“I am getting up there in age,” said Lee, who lost World Series with the Phillies in 2009 and Rangers in 2010. “I’m 35 years old now and when this contract’s over I plan on going home, so I’m running out of opportunities. All I can control is what I can control, and I’m going to do everything I can to help us win. That’s all I know how to do.”

 “Right now I don’t,” he said. “There are a lot of things that can happen between now and then, but I just know that my kids are 12 and 10 and I’ve basically missed the first half of their lives. I’m financially able to shut it down, so … that’s how I feel right now. But when the time comes I might look at it differently. I also want to finish being good, not struggling and fumbling through at the end. I want to finish strong and take it to the house. Next year I want to win a World Series, then another one, then another one and take it to the house. That’s what I’m wanting to do.”

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