Red Sox 1B Casey retires

CINCINNATI (TICKER) Boston Red Sox first baseman and designated hitter Sean Casey announced his retirement on Tuesday, and will join the MLB Network.

Nicknamed “The Mayor” for his friendly personality, Casey hit .322 in 69 games with Boston last season.

Casey, 34, also played for Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, which selected him in the second round of the 1995 draft.

“I really don’t feel like I’m retiring, I just feel like I’m moving on to the next stage of my career,” Casey said in a statement.

“Joining MLB Network is allowing me to do the two things that are most important to me, and that’s staying in baseball while getting to spend more time with my family.”

A three-time All-Star, Casey spent eight of his 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. His best season came in 1999 when he hit .332 with 25 home runs and 99 RBI.

Casey is a career .302 hitter with 130 home runs and 735 RBI in 1,405 games.

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Updated Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009