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Maroth officially retires

Former Cardinals hurler Mike Maroth told Fox Sports that he is officially retired.

Apparently he was the last one to know. The southpaw hasn't appeared in a game since his blowup with the Redbirds in 2007.

Maroth, who pitched for the Tigers from 2002-07 to compile a 50-62 record, went 0-5 with a 10.66 ERA for the Cardinals following his acquisition in exchange for Chris Lambert. It was later revealed that he was damaged goods at the time of the swap, which should have come as no surprise because he only managed a total of 22 starts in the 2006 and 2007 seasons due to arm problems.

He gave St. Louis fans a sense of false hope when Maroth threw 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball at the Mets during his first Cardinals start. But he gave up six hits and five earned runs in his next start. Then he gave up 25 hits and 22 earned runs in his next three turns through the rotation during which he totaled 15 innings.

Maroth tried unsuccessful comebacks with the Blue Jays, Royals and Twins.