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MARICHAL RETIRES Continued from First Page said Marichal as he chatted affably with reporters before Thursday's game. "Anytime you prepare yourself for something, you feel better about it. It's better to retire before people retire you. You have to make that decision decision before somebody else makes it for you." Marichal had signed a Dodger contract contract estimated at less than $75,000 but he will be paid only for spring training and the first week of the season under terms of voluntary retirement. retirement. The cost is only incidental," said Campanis. "We feel we were right in taking a chance on him. When you are looking for a starting pitcher, you always try to obtain as many candidates candidates as possible. Juan was a real gentleman about what has happened ... I made a mistake and I'll be the first to admit it." There was a scant possibility that Marichal would have been given a third and probably last chance Sunday against the Giants. He said he might have been able to regain his premier form in two or three more weeks, but "I didn't want to wait that long." Marichal said his legs are sore from excessive long-distance long-distance long-distance running and he tried to hurry himself into shape. "Sometimes you try too hard that's bad," he said. "You want to catch up, and you overdo it You do better in anything when you're more relaxed." He thanked Campanis and Walter and Peter O'Malley for his comeback opportunity. He thanked God "that I lasted as long as I did 15 years which not many pitchers can say." Now, he will rejoin his wife and four daughters in San Francisco, where he will live until June. Then they will return to his native Dominican Dominican Republic. There, Marichal will operate his 1,-065-acre 1,-065-acre 1,-065-acre 1,-065-acre 1,-065-acre banana-and-rice banana-and-rice banana-and-rice banana-and-rice banana-and-rice farm, and make frequent trips to the United States to look after apartment interests interests in Nevada, Utah and Washington. Washington. His only work in baseball, he said, will involve organizing a Little League in his homeland. "I like kids, especially those who don't have anything," anything," he said. "I know it was hard for me when I was a kid, just to be able to buy a bat and a ball." When Marichal left the ballpark two nights ago, he and Mota paid a sentimental visit to Tonita's restaurant, restaurant, a popular hangout for Latin ballplayers. ballplayers. The Reds' Tony Perez, Cesar Geronimo and Dave Concepcion joined them for dinner. On the walls were photographs of entertainers, athletes and other assorted assorted celebrities. One was a picture of Juan Marichal. "It was taken in 1960, when I first came up," he said. "My face ... it was so-o-o-o so-o-o-o so-o-o-o so-o-o-o so-o-o-o so-o-o-o so-o-o-o thin ..." But even after his flop with the Dodgers, that photo of Marichal prot ably will remain as symbolic as ever. Baseball will mostly remember Juan Marichal for the way he was. -JeffPrugh -JeffPrugh