Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 10/2/12
Atlanta Braves pitcher Ben Sheets announced today that after his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, he will retire. "I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt I'm not playing again," Sheets said. "No matter what, there is not enough help or money to pull me out of this one." Sheets, 34, has had an injury plagued career since his breakout 2004 season that saw him having an ERA of 2.70 and striking out 264, however, he went 12-14 on a pretty bad Milwaukee Brewers team. Sheets had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and his arm never fully regained its strength. After starting out with the Braves at 4-1 with an ERA of 1.41, his arm started to give him some trouble and his start Wednesday will be the first since coming off the disabled list. Sheets is trying to attempt to pitch two innings against the Pirates on Wednesday as the Braves prepare for a one game wild card playoff. "I don't think I could have got to the point of throwing six innings again," Sheets said. "I would have liked to have gotten another shot out of the 'pen. But getting another start is cool." Sheets only had one regret with signing with the Braves and that is being so far from his family in Louisiana. "I'd do it again," he said. "I definitely enjoyed it. I had a front-row seat for [Chipper Jones' final games]. Some people paid for that, which was worth it if they did." Sheets also won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympics before starting his four All-Star appearance MLB career. When Sheets looked backed on his career he said, "It was better than I thought it was going to be. God forbid, I had a great career, because this is good enough."
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