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He made three relief appearances in the playoffs for the NL West champion Dodgers -- he had an 0.00 ERA over four innings -- then filed for free agency amid speculation he would retire.
Plans for his farewell news conference were announced Friday, but Maddux made up his mind long ago.
"I think I decided actually two years ago, but I ended up playing one more year anyway," he said. "But I pretty much knew last spring training. I had kind of told some teammates and some people in baseball that this was going to be my last year. I don't think they really believed me, but I think I was telling the truth that time."
Maddux said he'll miss everything that came with major league life: poker games on the plane, golf on road trips, hanging out with his teammates.
He didn't rule out a coaching position in the future, but for now he's ready to move on.
"Right now I think I want to take a year off and spend time with the family, do things that I have not been able to do because of baseball, and see if I like it or not," Maddux said. "I assume I'll like it, but I also don't know about being out of the game. I don't really know a whole lot about anything, but I feel like I know a few things about baseball. I'm going to miss it, and hopefully I won't miss it too much."
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