Schmidt’s retirement shook baseball
But Michael Jack Schmidt knew that if he couldn’t be the best version of himself, he had no desire to remain on the diamond.
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“I might be the happiest person in the stadium,” said Schmidt during his tear-filled press conference announcing his retirement. “When you wake up in the morning and you’re a lot happier to be a former player than you were to be a player the morning before, you know you’ve done the right thing. I can’t tell you how relieved I am.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum