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Thread: Cowtipper's retirements thread

  1. #201

    Alex Ramirez

    Alex Ramirez, a two-time most valuable player in Nippon Professional Baseball, said he would end his playing career after more than two decades on the diamond.

    The Venezuelan slugger holds the record for most career hits and runs batted in by a foreign-born player. In a statement released through the Gunma Diamond Pegasus Baseball Club of the independent league, where he served as a playing coach this season, Ramirez said he has decided to “close the curtain” on his career that lasted 24 years.
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  2. #202

    Chris Schwinden

    Chris Schwinden...he told me. Towards the end of the season here Schwinden left the team to take the test to become a cop.

  3. #203
    It's a little surprising that Josh Willingham would retire at just age 35. HE DECLINED A BIT THE LAST TWO SEASONS, BUT WAS A HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE HITTER AT LEAST THROUGH 2012.Perhaps his retirement is injury-related. Perhaps he saved his money wisely and can afford to retire at that age. If players have the money through today's inflated MLB salaries they can afford to retire earlier. If they've grown tired of the travel or if they can't command the salary they think they are worth (ie: Kenny Lofton didn't return after a good 2007 season because his best offer for 2008 was for only "a meager One Million Dollars") and they have what Howard Stern once described as "F.U. money" in the bank they may decide to retire early. I still think the real competitors will play on to until their late 30s or early 40s, until injuries or poor and declining performances dictate that they should "hang 'em up".

  4. #204

    Mark Teahen

    Chris Cotillo of reported Monday that former Royals third baseman/outfielder Mark Teahen had retired.

    Teahen, who played with the Royals from 2005-’09, hit .269 with 67 home runs and 332 RBIs in 676 games in Kansas City.
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  5. #205

    Kyle McClellan

    Kyle McClellan announced on his personal Facebook page this week that he has officially retired from baseball at age 30. The right-hander made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 2008 and eventually developed into a very good middle reliever, posting a career-best 2.27 ERA across 75 1/3 innings in 2010. But injuries to both of his shoulders eventually derailed his career, and he flamed out with the Rangers in June 2013.
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  6. #206

    Ramon Hernandez


    Valencia, December 27 (Danny Valdiviezo C.) .- Ramón Hernández made ​​official his retirement from professional baseball in Venezuela and thanked the Navegantes del Magallanes policy for the tribute he gave yesterday at the Diamond Jose Bernardo Perez.
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  7. #207

    Tony Alvarez


    Caracas, December 28, 2014.- After 15 years in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, Antonio Álvarez officially ended its activity as a player, and did so in style with the Aragua Tigers uniform, single computer with which lacked play in the Venezuelan professional baseball on Friday December 19 at the José Pérez Colmenares de Aragua Stadium.
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  8. #208

    Jason Giambi

    Jason Giambi, who slugged 440 home runs and won an MVP award in a 20-year major league career that included his involvement in the game's preeminent performance-enhancing drug scandal, announced Monday that he is retiring.

    Giambi, 44, described his career as "an incredible journey" in a statement to the New York Daily News announcing his retirement.
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  9. #209

    Eli Whiteside

    Braves C Eli Whiteside retired and will take a coaching job in the Giants’s organization.

  10. #210

    Arthur Rhodes

    Though he hadn't appeared in a major or minor league game since 2011, veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons. According to's Mark Sheldon, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-hander just as quietly made his retirement from baseball official.
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  11. #211

    Trent Oeltjen

    Former major leaguer Trent Oeltjen has also left his mark with both clubs, making ABL history and hitting a cycle for the Blue Sox before announcing his retirement from the professional game.
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  12. #212

    John McDonald

    One of the more fascinating baseball careers over the past two decades officially ended on Wednesday when John McDonald retired after 16 seasons in the big leagues. Fascinating because, well, let's be honest, there's a pretty good chance most casual baseball fans aren't familiar with who McDonald is or what his contributions were, which is unique for a such long-tenured player.
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