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River Falls Journal
Brewers' closer announces retirement
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The Milwaukee Brewers will have to find a new closer for next year, after Salomon Torres announced his retirement Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Torres briefly thought of quitting last December after the Pittsburgh Pirates traded him to Milwaukee, but Torres said he was glad he didn't snub the Brewers - especially because he made the playoffs for the first time in his 12-year career.


He did retire one other time. It was in August of 1997 after pitching for Seattle and Montreal that year, but he returned to the game five years later with Pittsburgh.

Now, Torres says there's no chance he'll un-retire again. He said he needs to devote more time to his family and his faith and he quietly promised himself this summer that he'd leave.

Torres replaced Eric Gagne in late May as Milwaukee's closer. He went 7-5 this year with a career-high 28 saves and a 3.49 ERA.

Torres finishes his career 44-58 with 57 saves and a 4.31 ERA.

The Brewers had an option to keep Torres next year for $3.75 million and General Manager Doug Melvin said he would have exercised it.

Melvin said Torres did a "heck of a job," and he respects his decision to retire.

C.C. 5th

Brewers' left-hander C.C. Sabathia finished fifth in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award.

Tim Lincecum of San Francisco won the honor Tuesday, getting 23-32 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association.

Sabathia got one first place vote. He went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA for Milwaukee after being traded from Cleveland in July.

Sabathia won the American League Cy Young Award with the Indians last season and Lincecum said he thought it would have weighed more heavily in Sabathia's favor for the National League award - even though he only spent a half-season in the league.