Lee hints he might retire after 2012 season

Lee hints he might retire after 2012 season

HOUSTON -- Astros slugger Carlos Lee reiterated Wednesday night what he first said a year ago, hinting that he might retire when his six-year, $100-million contract expires following the 2012 season, citing family reasons. Lee, 35, entered the final game of the season with 94 RBIs.

"I want to spend more time with my kids," Lee said. "This business, it's kind of tough to spend more time with the family. People don't realize that when [the team is home], the kids are at school. When you get up, they're already gone, and when you come back, they're sleeping.

"To see your kids Friday, Saturday and Sunday is tough. If I had to really decide now, I'd stay home."

Lee made similar sentiments toward the end of last year, and not much has changed during a difficult season in which the Astros set a franchise record with 105 losses entering Wednesday. Lee is one of the last remaining remnants of a team that has undergone a huge overhaul the last two years.

"Honestly, it's been a tough year all year long, personally and as a team," he said. "The second half of the season was a lot more exciting. They brought up all these young kids and they played hard and did good. That was fun to go out there and play with them."