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Rolen won't attend camp but doesn't officially retire

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Scott Rolen's career likely ended with a Tweet.

Throughout the offseason, Rolen struggled to decide if he should retire. The question was finally answered the day pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz., for spring training. The Cincinnati Reds tweeted a joint statement from Rolen and general manager Walt Jocketty saying the 37-year-old third baseman would not attend camp.

From Jocketty: "Scott made significant contributions to our team's recent success, and it isn't a coincidence we made the playoffs in two of his three full seasons here. He made a huge impact in Cincinnati with his work ethic and leadership on the field, in the clubhouse and in our community."

From Rolen: "Right now I'm simply not ready to make a commitment. I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors. I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future."

Rolen's statement was a bit open-ended, but it's very like he's done after 17 seasons in the big leagues, although Rolen has not spoken to the media since after Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

For his career, Rolen hit .281/.364/.490 with a 316 home runs, 517 doubles and 1,287 RBI. He was a seven-time All-Star and an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He was 1997 National League Rookie of the Year.

Shoulder and back injuries limited him the past two years. Rolen hit .242 in 65 games in 2011 and hit .245 in 92 games last year.

"A big part of our family is gone," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Somebody else has to pick it up. New leaders are born and acquired when one leader leaves. You don't know who it's going to be. Most leaders are thwarted in their growth by the previous leader."
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