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Yanks need a new Small

With the Yankees in such dire need of pitching and

turning to guys such as Matt DeSalvo, would they love it if another Aaron Small

emerged?

One thing's for sure: The next Aaron Small won't be Aaron Small.

Small, famous for his almost improbable 10-0 record during the 2005 season,

confirmed his retirement from baseball Thursday morning in a telephone

interview from his five-acre farm in Loudon, Tenn.

Small, who had a 3.20 ERA during the 2005 season, took 16 years to make his

most notable contribution to baseball after he was drafted in 1989 by the Blue

Jays.

Filling in as an emergency fifth starter for the Yankees, Small was able to

bolster an ailing staff and became the first pitcher in Yankees history to

finish a season undefeated with 10 or more wins.

He received a 2007 spring training invitation from the Mariners, but he

retired rather than report to Triple A. Small spends most of his day enjoying

family life with his wife Macy, daughter Mariah, 8, and son Mason, 6. He gives

private pitching instruction to a few dozen youth athletes a week at his farm.

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