- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
It happens every year: Former All-Stars, Gold Glovers and clubhouse clowns are released or designated for assignment, and they go home to coach Little League, pick up the tab at Dairy Queen and collect their pensions in anonymity.
It happens every winter, too. Some players decide the injuries are too much to bear and it's time to quit. Others lose their desire to play. And some are dying to play only to discover their agents can't get a phone call returned.
At ballparks throughout the game, this week might be the last hurrah for some All-Stars and role players alike, writes Jerry Crasnick.