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Family is the biggest reason players make the choice to retire, and that's the case with A.J. Burnett. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher is entering his second year with the club after being traded by the Yankees. He saw an uptick in performance after leaving New York, but by and large, Burnett's current contract has been failed one. But it's not the performance leading to a possible retirement after the season, it's his family.
Burnett told Rob Biertemfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune yesterday that he was contemplating retirement to spend more time with his kids. He has a nine-year old and a 12-year old at home. Burnett understands the importance of being in their lives more often at those ages.
“It's a family thing,” Burnett said. “My kids are 9 and 12 now. I'm sure if I mention (retiring) to them, they'd say, ‘No, keep playing.' But ... I don't know.”
Burnett went 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA last season with the Pirates. It was his first season with a sub-4.00 ERA since 2007 when he pitched for the Blue Jays. Burnett struggled while in New York. After the Yankees gave him a five-year $82.5 million contract, Burnett went on to post a 4.79 ERA with New York.
The Pirates are hoping for more of the same from Burnett this year as they try to carry early season success (like they had the last two seasons) throughout the entire year. In fact, Burnett's teammates have been trying to convince him to stick around a couple years past this season to help shape the future of the franchise.
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