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Jennie Finch, Softball Hottie, Set to Retire

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  USA Softball Olympian Jennie Finch arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2010

The city of Chicago is losing probably their best pitcher, as well as the best looking athlete in town.

On Tuesday, gold medal-winning and current member of the Chicago Bandits, Jennie Finch announced she will retire. Finch, 29, will appear in her final international game this week in the World Cup of Softball, taking place in Oklahoma City, before finishing out the season with the Bandits.

Finch, who won 60 straight games and went 32-0 during her junior year at the University of Arizona, helped lead the USA to gold in 2004 and silver in 2008.  She also helped them win seven straight World Championships.

"This whole career has been way more than I ever even imagined or dreamed," Finch said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The opportunities that I'd be able to enjoy and appreciate and be a part of, it's been incredible."

Finch has stated the desire to spend more time with her family, which includes husband Casey Daige, who pitches for the Houston Astros Triple-A team, and their four year old son Ace.

"I just feel like it gets harder and harder every year with Ace getting older and time away from my husband and even family events such as birthdays and friends' weddings and things that I've always just missed out on because of softball," Finch said. "It's getting a little bit harder to miss those moments in life."

Finch hopes to stay involved with Team USA in some way, and possibly in the future as a coach. She also hopes to help spread the sport better through regular camps and things like that, since she won't have such a demanding travel schedule.

The Bandits wrap up their regular season at home, in Elgin, on August 22. At this time, it is unclear if Finch will pitch in that final game, but expect her to play in the field—she has been playing first when she isn't pitching.

For all things Chicago visit the home of Da Chicago Fan and also to see a little bit more of Jennie Finch's talents

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