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Mark Grudzielanek retires

Feb 23, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

Mark Grudzielanek, Brett Gardner

Jon Paul Morosi reports that Mark Grudzielanek has announced his retirement.

Over the course of 15 seasons Grudzielanek hit .289/.332/.393 for six teams.  He finished with over 2000 hits and won the gold glove at 2B in 2006. Not a bad career. Not a bad career at all.  In my book that puts him in the Hall of Damn Solid Major Leaguers. I presume he’ll be enshrined wearing a Dodgers cap based on longevity, considering that longevity is the cardinal achievement of Damn Solid Major Leaguers.

But while Grudzielanek’s career may not justify Hall of Fame debates, the off-the-field implications for his retirement are tremendous. Sports page editors all over America cheer this decision, certainly. Especially those in Kansas City who, in 2006, were driven to the brink of suicide when they were forced to spell both “Grudzielanek” and “Mientkiewicz” every single night for six months straight.

Which leads to a bit of trivia: did you know that Ctrl-C, the copy-and-paste function, was invented by a reporter for the Montreal Gazette who was the first major league beat writer tasked with typing Grudzielanek’s name when he broke into the majors with the Expos in 1995?  It’s true!*

*May not be true.

Happy trails Mr. Grudzielanek.

  1. drpaisley - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Especially those in Kansas City who, in 2006, were driven to the brink of suicide when they were forced to spell both “Grudzielanek” and “Mientkiewicz” every single night for six months straight.

    And don’t forget Tony Graffanino, who was the backup shortstop that year, and completed the Guinness record for “Most Vowels in a Double Play Combo”* whenever he played with the other two.

    *May also not be true.

  2. cshearing - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Always enjoyed watching him play, especially when he broke into the majors with my Expos. As said, a damn solid player who always seemed to give maximum effort.

    • missthemexpos - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      The G-Man was one of those players that delivered the goods, certainly one of my favorite all time middle infielders to wear the Expo jersey.

  3. nps6724 - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    I still remember watching him as a rookie in Montreal every time the Braves played them. He and FP Santangelo had to have their names on their jerseys in the shape of crescents.

  4. nani3skip45 - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    I am afraid the jokes about ‘sports page editors all over America cheering this decision’ and ctrl-c are just puerile, and attest to how doltish most people who comment on baseball are. Grudzielanek is not hard to spell at all. ‘Graffanino’ has its problems on the lines of how many double f-s and how many double n-s. I always struggle with Philips-Phillipps-Philipps. But Mientkiewicz is relatively simple, too, helped by the two ie-s. It has become acceptable to be complacent about spelling disability. We should go back to the more honest times when literacy was low and not watse money educating people who sit in classrooms for years and still cannot spell ‘Grudzielanek’, and think it smart to be bad at spelling.

    While not as addicted to your blog as I was to Neyer’s before he left ESPN, I am still fairly regularly. Keep up the good work.

    • pauleee - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      Geez, lighten up, skippy!

      • cur68 - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

        Probably had to spell ‘Herbk’ too much. Guy that pedantic would hate not sticking the ‘ec’ in there.

  5. shackdelrio - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    One less former Expo in the league.

    • BC - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      Yeah, the number is really dwindling. Might be down under ten now.

      • missthemexpos - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        Future trivia question – Name the last former Expo to play in the Majors?

      • ngearhart1981 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        “Future trivia question – Name the last former Expo to play in the Majors?”

        I’ll go with Vazquez.

  6. ngearhart1981 - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    “But while Grudzielanek’s career may not justify Hall of Fame debates…”

    If he had played for one team his entire career and hit a WS winning tater, he’d be Mazeroski. Actually, compare their stats and he’s a touch better than Mazeroski, with a few years at SS to boot.
    NOT saying Grud should be in the HOF…just noting how far the “Fame” part of “hall of fame” can take you.

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