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Matt Stairs officially retires after 19 major league seasons

Aug 3, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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The writing was on the wall Monday when the 43-year-old was released by the Nationals, but this bit of news is worth passing along anyway.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Matt Stairs has officially retired from the game of baseball.

Stairs, a native of Canada, played for the Expos, Red Sox, A’s, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Padres and Nats during a 19-year major league career. He will hang up his cleats having posted a .262/.356/.477 lifetime batting line, 265 career home runs, 1,366 career hits and 899 career RBI. The well-traveled veteran also set the MLB record for most pinch-hit homers. All while possessing the body type of a casual softball player.

Stairs will take a bit of time off, but he told reporters that he might be open to coaching in the near future.

  1. warhawk04 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Matt Stairs winning 2012 beer league softball Mvps in a league near you.

  2. exposjayshabs - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Drew, he played for the Jays too….

    • Drew Silva - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:34 PM


      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:11 PM

        If I’m not mistaken, he also fought at Aleppo during the Third Crusade.

  3. clydeserra - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    How many Expos are left active? under 10? O Cabrera, Livan hernandez, Vlad Gurerro? there has to be more, right?

    • robertterwilliger - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      javy vasquez, livan hernandez, bruce chen, brian schneider, vlad guerrero, guillermo mota, ted lilly, orlando cabrera, juan rivera, jamey carroll, miguel batista, carl pavano, jon rauch, scott downs.

      maybe more. but that’s 14.

      • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        Endy Chavez

      • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        Geoff Blum is another one

      • missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

        Bartolo Colon, say this is kind of fun!

      • clydeserra - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM

        Cool.Does nick Johnson count?

    • Chipmaker - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:04 AM

      Not counting Stairs or Milton Bradley, there are 19 other former Expos who have played in the majors in the 2011 season, plus another ten or so in the minors. Possibly some others still active in foreign or unaffiliated leagues.

      • jwbiii - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:41 AM

        Terrmel Sledge is a Yokohama Bay Star.

  4. chadjones27 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    In case of emergency… Use Stairs

  5. firedude7160 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Stairs still haunts Broxton’s nightmares. One of my favorite memories from the ’08 Championship parade was seeing the joy on Stairs face as, while pounding beer after beer, he celebrated that world series victory. “In case of emergence, use stairs!”

    • mattjg - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      The only thing he enjoyed more than pounding beers was being pounded by his teammates.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Dont let the door hit ya on the way out Matt.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:45 AM

      Now Harry, this is the second time I have asked you this evening…..please go back under your bridge.

  7. hcf95688 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Stairs will make a great coach in my opinion.

    • jwbiii - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:24 AM

      The high school hockey team he coaches in Maine has been fairly successful, so I concur.

  8. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Absolutely one of my favorite BP players I’ve ever seen.

  9. skerney - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    In my life, I have seen only two home runs thats were so totally awesome that it made me leap up and down. One was Pujols off Lidge in the 2005 playoffs, the other was Stairs off Broxton. I’ll hate PHI to the day I die, but by god it was a glorious shot.

  10. philadelphiandy - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    He’ll never have to buy a beer in Philadelphia again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      if he was smart he would never go near philly again unless they are paying him millions to come there.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

      I think he could get more than a few complimentary cheese steaks as well

  11. natstowngreg - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Best wishes to Matt. Too bad things didn’t work out in DC.

  12. psousa1 - Aug 4, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    You think about a guy like Matt Stairs who for all his years was usually an afterthougt – he played 19 years in MLB. 19 Years of at least six figure (and then 7 figure) salaries. Unless he was an idiot (sounds like he lives a normal life up in Maine) he will never work again unless he wants to. Now that’s how to play your cards right. Good for him. Got the most out of everything he had. We should all have a career, in whatever walk of life, like him.

  13. pauleee - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Hey, where is WhenMattStairsIsKing in all of this?

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