NEW YORK (AFP) — New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, who won 270 games in an 18-year Major League Baseball career, announced his retirement on Thursday despite producing his first 20-win season this year.
The 39-year-old right-hander went 20-9 with a 3.37 earned-run average this past season and filed for free agency last month, but chose to end his career, the first 20-game winner to call it quits since Sandy Koufax in 1966.
Mussina might not have been part of the Yankees' plans for 2009 with the club looking at younger mound talent for next season.
After playing for 10 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Mussina spent his final eight seasons with the Yankees, finishing with a career mark of 270-153 and a 3.68 earned-run average.
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