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    Cowtipper's retirements thread

    Chronicling all those ballplayers who have announced their retirements.

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    Ryan Franklin

    Franklin to scout • Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin has been hired by the Cardinals as a scout. In his first job after retirement, the righthander, who visited the team in Dallas this week, will help evaluate players in his home state of Oklahoma and elsewhere.
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    For several days it was rumored that the player of the Magallanes Navigators Melvin Mora could be announcing his retirement from baseball. A few moments in the Jose Bernardo Perez Valencia officially the same player, in tears, his intention to leave the pitch, in a press conference before the match between Caracas and Magallanes.

    "I want to spend more time with my family. I apologize to the fans for not being able to help them, "said Mora, who hinted to further their interests. "Maybe in the future it is technical."
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    Toby Hall

    Former Rays C Toby Hall has decided to retire as a player.

    Hall, 36, spent parts of seven season with the Rays, making his debut in 2000 and being traded to the Dodgers in June 2006. His 586 games played for the Rays are fifth most in franchise history, and the most of any catcher.
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    Craig Counsell

    MILWAUKEE — When he was 19 years old, Craig Counsell met Sandy Alderson, who was the Oakland Athletics’ general manager at the time.

    Counsell thought he’d figured out exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

    After a 15-year major league playing career that included two World Series victories, Counsell now finds himself back on that path. Counsell announced his retirement as a player Tuesday, taking a front office job with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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    Orlando Cabrera

    Long-time major league shortstop Orlando Cabrera announced on a Colombian radio station Wednesday that he will retire, according to

    Cabrera, 37, broke into the league with the Montreal Expos in 1997. Cabrera played with nine teams in his career, winning a World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox.
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    Orlando Cabrera was one of those guys, who despite a long career as a regular was never selected as an all-star. In 2007,with the Angels, he had his best shot. He was hitting about .320 at the all-star break, and probably deserved to go to the game, but still was not selected. He finished the year at .301, his only .300 season. If he is actually done, he finished with 2055 hits in 1985 mlb games and a .272 career average.
    Despite playing in 130 games last year, that actually represents one of the years where he saw the least playing time. He was pretty durable and usually played 150 plus games per year. He hit only about .240 overall in his final season. Both his managers at Cleveland and SanFrancisco seemed to lose confidence in him as an everyday player. Otherwise he would have reached the 2,000 games played mark by the end of the 2011 season.
    Cabrera came to the Boston Red Sox in a three-way deal at the July 31 Trade Deadline in 2004 and became part of the beloved SOX team that finally broke the 86 year streak between Red Sox World's Championships. Cabrera turned 37 last November 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    I called this one years ago.
    I worked with Counsell's cousin several jobs ago and their family had close ties with the Selig family, I'm actually not sure if there were any blood relations but my coworker had known Bud from early childhood. He told me that Craig had a very sharp, business-oriented mind and I figured that Counsell would end up in the Brewers' front office when his playing days were over...I'm amazed by how long he's played.
    "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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    David Eckstein

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 2006 World Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals is hanging up his cleats.

    According to a report in the Boston Globe, 37-year-old David Eckstein has decided to retire from baseball.
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    Pat Burrell

    Pat Burrell returned home with a battered reputation when he joined the San Francisco Giants in early June 2010.

    Once a feared slugger and one of the top run producers in the National League, Burrell had been summarily dumped by the Tampa Bay Rays, who got a tiny return (a .218 batting average) on their $16 million investment in him and didn't care for his sour attitude.

    A change of scenery clearly did wonders for Burrell, who attended high school in San Jose and was reunited on the Giants with old buddies Aubrey Huff and Aaron Rowand.

    Burrell, who announced Monday he was retiring at 35 because of a chronic foot injury, teamed up with then-rookie Buster Posey to energize the Giants' sluggish offense, helping them clinch the NL West title and win their first World Series since moving to the West Coast in 1958.
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    Jorge Posada

    BASEBALL The Yankees said Jorge Posada is set to announce his retirement today at Yankee Stadium. The 40-year-old five-time All-Star catcher will end his 17-year career with the team that drafted him rather than pursue another team. Posada became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract. A clubhouse leader, he helped the Yankees win five World Series. Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs, and 1,065 RBIs for his career. He lost his catching job last season and his playing time had diminished . . .

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    Kevin Cash

    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, former Blue Jays catcher Kevin Cash has officially retired, drawing his 12-year professional career to a close.

    After being traded by the Jays in 2004, Cash returns to Toronto as a Major League advance scout for the upcoming season. Though Cash’s new position with the Jays represents the first non-playing baseball job of his career, Cafardo implies that it suits the 34-year-old, adding that he’s “one of those guys you always thought would wind up being a Major League manager.”
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    Adam Everett

    Former Astros shortstop Adam Everett has officially retired and joined the Cleveland Indians front office. It’s good to see our old friend Adam staying in the game.

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    Tim Wakefield

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tim Wakefield will announce his retirement at 5 p.m. today at JetBlue Park.

    Wakefield, 45, was 200-180 with a 4.41 ERA in 627 appearances in his 19-year career. The Florida native spent the final 17 seasons with the Red Sox, going 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA over 590 games. He is third in team history for victories, trailing only Cy Young and Roger Clemens, who each had 192.
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    Mike Cameron

    Former Boston Red Sox outfield Mike Cameron has decided to call it a career after 17 seasons, as his current team the Washington Nationals announced his retirement plans Sunday. According to a report by the Sporting News, Cameron had a good shot of making Washington's Opening Day roster as a platoon center-fielder, however, decided to not report to Spring Training.

    Over the course of his 17-year career, Cameron made one All-Star team (2001), three Gold Gloves and was a part of eight different MLB franchises with his longest tenure being just four seasons.
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    Bengie Molina to retire.

    Molina retires with a .274 average over parts of 13 major league seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. He's also the eldest of the history-making Molina clan, joining Jose and Yadier as the only trio of brothers to own World Series rings.
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    Bengie Molina

    Bengie Molina has retired, according to Andrew Baggarly of Molina, a catcher, played in parts of 13 seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers, and though he did not play in 2011, he had remained open to the possibility of returning until now.
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    Danys Baez

    As reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Danys Baez has announced that he has retired after 11 seasons in MLB.

    After stops in Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, Baez signed a two-year deal with the Phillies before the 2010 season. He was mostly unremarkable with the Phils, posting a 5.81 ERA in 83.2 innings, before being released in August of 2011.
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    Jason Varitek

    Jason Varitek, a two-time World Series champion and the captain of the Red Sox from 2005-2011, will announce his retirement on Thursday in Fort Myers, sources told the Globe today.

    Varitek is expected to stay with the organization in some capacity.

    A member of the Red Sox from 1997-2011, Varitek hit .256 with 193 home runs and 757 RBIs. He was a three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner.
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    Carlos Guillen

    PEORIA, Ariz. — Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star who played 14 major league seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday.

    “It’s a tough decision for me, for my family, for everybody because I tried to come back,” said Guillen, who was at the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
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    Ivan Rodriguez

    (CBS/AP) ARLINGTON, Texas - Ivan Rodriguez made one last throw from behind home plate to second base at Rangers Ballpark.

    The 14-time All-Star catcher announced his retirement Monday, ending a 21-season playing career spent mostly in Texas. The Rangers then honored him with a pregame ceremony that ended with a unique first pitch.

    Rodriguez initially went to the mound while Michael Young, the team's longest-tenured player, set up to receive the pitch. But that didn't seem right, so Young ran out to second base and Rodriguez, already wearing a catcher's mitt, went behind the plate to a huge cheer and made a familiar throw across the diamond.
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    Casey Blake

    Major League Baseball veteran Casey Blake said Tuesday that he will retire, despite starting spring training with the Colorado Rockies and fielding recent interest from the Texas Rangers.

    Blake told the Des Moines Register that he has been leaning toward stepping away after playing parts of 13 seasons with five teams, but stopped short of a decision until now.
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    Marc Kroon

    One of the oldest Minor Leaguers to take the field during the 2011 season has decided to make it his last. After playing in three decades, three countries and 10 organizations, going from flat-broke in the States to a millionaire in the Far East, 38-year-old right-hander Marc Kroon has retired.

    "I went through every level, all the way from Rookie ball to Triple-A," Kroon says. "I made many stops, getting to the big leagues, my injury, losing everything. It's been a rocky career, and I am proud of myself, even though no one really knows who I am.

    "I've outlasted so many people, and I did it the hard way -- struggling, fighting it out, bus trips and road trips and Days Inns and Motel 6's, before getting my lucky break in Japan. You don't hear too many stories like mine."
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    Sam Narron

    His career in the majors lasted one start. He threw 61 pitches and faced 17 hitters, giving up three home runs, five hits and four walks.

    It was July 30, 2004, and despite giving up four runs, the Texas Rangers rallied to win the game so he didn't get saddled with the loss.

    That pitcher was Sam Narron.

    The left-hander spent the rest of his career trying to get back to the majors. This offseason, while considering a return with a major league team at spring training, Narron decided to retire and go full-time into coaching.
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