With the Yankees in such dire need of pitching and
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
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.