Dodgers' Gubicza Retires
Feb. 14, 1998
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Mark Gubicza, a former 20-game winner who tried to prolong his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has decided to retire.
``I'm disappointed that I'm not able to go down to Florida and compete for a job with the Dodgers, but I just didn't think I could pitch the way my shoulder has been feeling,'' Gubicza said from Southern California on the day many pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.
Gubicza, 35, who signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers last month, was was limited to two starts for the Anaheim Angels last season before being placed on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He was 0-1 with a 25.07 ERA before having arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and missing the rest of the season.
Gubicza spent 13 years with the Kansas City Royals before being traded to the Angels on Oct. 28, 1996. His best season was 1988, when he was 20-8 with a 2.70 ERA.
Gubicza retires with a lifetime record of 132-126, a 3.96 ERA and 1,371 strikeouts. He pitched 200 innings in a season only twice since his 20-win season.
``Mark worked very hard this off-season in our workouts at Dodger Stadium to prepare for spring training and the regular season, but he didn't feel he was going to be ready for another season,'' Dodgers executive vice president Fred Claire said. ``We respect his decision and wish him the very best.''
The Dodgers hold their first spring training workout Saturday, with about 26 pitchers expected to participate.