Reds standout Paul Casey retiring

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday Jan. 27, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Chatty first baseman Sean Casey is retiring after a dozen major league seasons, headed for a second career that suits him as well.

"The Mayor" is hitting the airwaves. Casey announced his retirement Tuesday and his move to the fledgling MLB Network, a 24-hour channel launched this month to about 50 million homes.

The 34-year-old Casey came up with Cleveland and was traded to Cincinnati for pitcher Dave Burba a day before the Reds' 1998 opener, a surprising twist to start his career. Quickly, Casey became known for base hits and friendly banter -- he chatted with runners at first base, respectfully referring to them as "Mr."

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