This has been rumored all off-season, but Sean Casey has signed on with the new MLB Network and has retired from baseball. Casey hasn't been a Red for three years, but he was one of the most, if not the most, popular Red while he was here. I met him one year in the Westin Hotel lobby after the opening day game one year and he was certainly friendly to us. He was voted the friendliest player in a 2007 Sports Illustrated survey of major league players. For his career, he hit .302 with a .367 on-base percentage. Not too shabby. His .447 slugging percentage was what he was most critized for, making him a "Mark Grace" type of hitter. Kind of a left-handed compliment for a firstbaseman. His best year was 1999 when he hit .332 with 25 dingers, 99 rbi's and 103 runs scored. He hit .322 last year for the Red Sox (no relation) in a part-time roll, proving he could still hit, but with virtually no power. I look forward to seeing him on t.v. and wish him well in retirement.