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End of the road? The Nationals DFA Matt Stairs

Jul 27, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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The Washington Nationals have designated Matt Stairs for assignment in order to make room for Jonny Gomes.

This saddens me.  Oh, it was inevitable — Stairs is 43 and is hitting .154/.257/.169 with no homers — but it strikes me that this may very well be it for the formerly-bemulleted one. Depending on how you count Montreal and Washington, Stairs played for 12 or 13 teams in his 19-year career.

For that career he’s a .262/.356/.477 hitter with 265 homers.  Unless someone becomes really desperate for a lefty in the twilight, that may be it.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    I credit Matt Stairs for essentially ruining Broxton’s career. He has never been the same.

  2. flavadave10 - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    He’s going to have a glorious career in beer league softball.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      His second career will be as a hockey coach. He coaches hockey in the winter.

  3. sportsdrenched - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    I always liked Matt Stairs.

    The Royals have this promotion called the “Sonic Slam Inning” where if a Royals hits a Grand Slam, a fan from a drawing wins 25K. (Chosen before the Royals Bat) In 2004 matt Stairs hit that GS and won a fan some good jack.

    HTF am I online telling Matt Stairs stories anyway? See Matt Stairs is like that. He might be the Bill Brashke of MLB.

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    This makes me a sad drunken hooligan.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

      As long as you’re not an angry sad drunken hooligan.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:18 AM

        I only break out the angry hooliganism for soccer matches.

        I really hate soccer.

  5. The Business of Sports 2011 - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    With his pop, experience and character contending teams should be all over him…he proved this so many times, especially in 2008 against the Dodger’s Jonathon Broxton…not too many power-hitting left-handed bats available for next to nothing….someone should jump on this guy…

  6. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    The end of an error. sniff

  7. Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Good luck, Matt. Who knows where the Phightins would’ve been without you?

    • jwbiii - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      Still stuck in Philly.

      But seriously, if it’s over, it’s been a heckuva ride.

      • jwbiii - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        And go Bangor Rams Hockey!

  8. APBA Guy - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    One of my favorite fan-fest photos is of Matt Stairs showing rookie Mark Mulder how to work the crowds: pose, smile, say thanks, and move on. The Wonder Hamster had great numbers in Oakland and played a better right field than people thought possible, helped by a strongish arm that fooled the occasional errant baserunner. Best wishes and thanks for the memories.

  9. 12strikes - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    If Matt gets on a plane right now and flys to Tokyo, he should get there just in time to catch that homer he hit off of Broxton.

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