Baseballs Big Cat Retires

Andres Galarraga retires after 19 seasons Tuesday one home run short of 400. "I'm happy," said Galarraga's wife, Eneyda. "He'd like to stay home right now. He's played for a long time. You know when it's time for you to retire."

Galarraga signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets in December after making his second successful return from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last season.

He had hoped to join the 400-home run club by finishing his career mainly as a pinch-hitter. He had three home runs and was batting .235 in 17 spring games.

Galarraga missed the 1999 season after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, then hit .302 with 28 home runs and 100 RBIs with Atlanta in 2000.

The disease reoccurred in November 2003. He underwent surgery that month and had a stem cell transplant the following February.

Source: Denver Post

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