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October 1, 2008 - John Mehno

Lanny Frattare is retiring after 33 years in the Pirates broadcast booth, according to a news release issued by the team today.

Frattare is 60 and had a year remaining on his contract.

Call me cynical, but I have my doubts that this was a voluntary decision.

Here's Frattare's statement in the release:

  “The decision to retire from the Pirates broadcast booth was something I have been thinking about and have discussed for some time, but a decision I did not make until after the final road trip of the season.  It was a difficult and emotional decision, but in the end, I decided it was time,” said Frattare.  “It has been a privilege and an honor to bring Pirates baseball to the fans for more than 33 years.  I owe it all to the strong support of my family, my broadcast partners, all of my colleagues throughout the years and, perhaps most importantly, the fans.  Without the support and approval of the fans, I could not have realized my dream of calling baseball games for the Pirates for such an extended period of time.  I look forward to remaining an active part of the Pirates family and the Pittsburgh community.”

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