Philly loses one in midst of three additions

Updated: December 11, 2003, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia reliever Dan Plesac retired Thursday, ending an 18-year career. He appeared in 1,064 games, fourth on baseball's all-time list.

 Dan Plesac

Plesac and the Phillies had been negotiating a new contract and the club offered salary arbitration to him on Sunday. Instead, Plesac told general manager Ed Wade that was going to retire to spend more time with his family.

"Dan did an outstanding job for us in our bullpen in both 2002 and 2003 and we were looking forward to having him back in 2004," Wade said. "Dan has talked about retirement a number of times, and this time he says he's serious about it. We will miss him both on the field and in the clubhouse, as will his teammates."

The 41-year-old was 2-1 with two saves and a 2.70 ERA in 58 appearances last season with the Phillies. He was the last Phillies pitcher to record an out at Veterans Stadium when he struck out the Braves' Ryan Langerhans.

Plesac passed Lee Smith and Kent Tekulve on the appearances list and needed only six more to tie Hoyt Wilhelm for third place.

Plesac finished with a career record of 65-71 with 158 saves and a 3.64 ERA.

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