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Concussions force Mike Matheny to retire

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A bit of news that caught my eye...catcher Mike Matheny has announced his retirement, due to his doctor refusing to clear him to play in 2007 because of a history of concussions.

Matheny was out from the beginning of June on last season, although I hadn't really taken notice of what was going on with him.

It is pretty rare for a baseball player -- particularly a positional player -- to be forced into retirement due to injury, and I can't recall another major leaguer who had to retire because of concussions.