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Kevin Millwood retiring after 16-year MLB career

Feb 3, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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According to Richard Walker of the Shelby Star, 38-year-old right-hander Kevin Millwood announced Friday night at his old high school in Bessemer City, North Carolina that he is ending his baseball career.

“I’m just ready to retire,” Millwood told the Star. “I feel like I can still throw it well and going out on a high note is a big deal. I just felt it was time to be closer to home and to be around the kids more often.”

Millwood has two sons who are nearing their teenage years. He plans to spend his newfound down time hunting, fishing and coaching youth sports.

The former 11th-round draft pick posted a 4.11 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over the course of his 16-year major league career.

He played for the Braves, Phillies, Indians, Rangers, Orioles, Rockies and Mariners.

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