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Abbott Says It's Time To Quit


Jim Abbott, released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, said his baseball career is over, barring a miracle.

"I think I've come to the end, baseball-wise," Abbott told the Detroit Free Press from his home in California on Monday.

The left-hander said it's time for him to move on "and look in other areas and aspects of life. It's time to admit reality."

Abbott had a 2-8 record and a 6.91 earned-run average when he was released by the Brewers.

Abbott said he has concluded in the past few weeks he can no longer pitch effectively.

"I feel fulfilled. I feel satisfied," he said. "My career wasn't always great, but it was wonderful. I learned so many lessons and had so many great friends and experiences. I don't feel the emptiness that I felt after I was released by the Angels a few years ago."

Abbott, born without a right hand, was a collegiate star at Michigan.

"I'll always be looked at as having played with one hand," Abbott said. "There's an accomplishment to that that I can be proud of."

He played for the United States team that won the baseball tournament at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. He then skipped the minors and went straight to the California Angels. He later pitched for the New York Yankees, pitching a no-hitter in 1993, and the Chicago White Sox.

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