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December 12, 2013

For Haase, leaving Hall doesn't equal retirement


“What makes it better is, in 1975, we lost 102 games,” he continued. “So to be a part of an organization to build a championship team is something that dreams are made of.”

Wherever he goes, Haase said he likes to share his World Series ring.

“I wear it every day,” Haase said. “I don’t wear it to be flashy. I do wear it to share it with people. When I take it off and let people see it, I am always amazed. People take pictures with it. They try it on. It isn’t something everyone gets to do every day, but they can’t do it if I just have the ring in a safety deposit box.”

The Hall of Fame hasn’t had as sharp a rise as the Tigers during Haase’s tenure in Cooperstown, but he said he is pleased with the Hall today.

“I feel I have had a positive impact here,” Haase said. “I feel very grateful to think that my tenure here has made this a better place and also made me a better person.

“I think I will miss the people the most,” Haase said of his co-workers.

When the calendar reads 2014, Haase said he will still be working, just not for a living.

“You reach a point where mortality is real and there are some other things you want to accomplish before the end of the road,” he said.

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