Corey Koskie to retire

Saying it wasn’t worth the risk, Corey Koskie announced Saturday he is retiring from baseball. Koskie was trying to make a comeback after spending the last 2 1/2 years in what he called his “personal jail” because of a concussion suffered in July 2006. The third baseman, who played for the Twins, Blue Jays and Brewers, had signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs this spring.

“You get caught up in what if I came back — it’d be a great story,” he said. “The big story is I had the opportunity to play. But is it really worth it to play?”

Koskie has three young children, ages 8, 6 and 3, that he wants to be able to spend time with.

“Look at the facts — I’m 35,” he said. “I still can play. But if I play, I want to be 100 percent. I don’t want the ‘what if I dive, what if I do this.’ Really, what am I trying to do to squeeze out two more years?”

— Carrie Muskat

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