San Francisco Giants catcher Mike Matheny's decision to retire was not his own. His doctor was unable to clear the longtime catcher for 2007 after a concussion brought his season and ultimately, his career to a screeching halt in late May.
After the May 31st game in which he took a series of foul tips to the mask, Matheny's doctors warned him that he could suffer extensive damage if he received another blow.
In early December, 36-year-old Matheny underwent extensive testing to see if his symptoms had subsided, but they hadn't. As recent as Dec. 28th, he experienced fatigue, memory problems and an inability to focus or see straight for more than a day.
Matheny earned his fourth NL Gold Glove award last year and holds a .239 career batting average with 67 homers and 443 RBIs in 1,305 games with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and the Giants.
His plans for the future are to spend more time at home with his wife and their five children.
It's been a fun ride. The finality of it just kind of hit today as I was signing the papers. I have been blessed beyond what I could have imagined. For me it's all been kind of a fantasy ride the whole time.