Acadiana High Wreckin' Rams may have a couple of state championships in football, but my buddy Scott McCullough has done a pretty good job with the baseball team for years too. One of the best players to come out of that program just announced his retirement at age 32 after battling arm troubles.

Royals pitcher Gil Meche retired on Tuesday at age 32, walking away from a $12 million salary rather than face shoulder surgery that could have ended his season before it ever started.

Meche signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City as a free agent before the 2007 season. But the right-hander had shoulder problems last year while going 0-5 with a 5.69 ERA.