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Melvin Mora announces retirement from baseball

Dec 29, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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From Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado comes word that veteran infielder Melvin Mora announced his retirement Thursday from the game of baseball.

Mora, 39, posted a .277/.350/.431 career batting line over 6,158 career plate appearances, amassing 1,503 career hits and 171 career home runs.

The native of Venezuela spent time with the Orioles, Mets, Diamondbacks and Rockies during a 13-year MLB career. He was released by Arizona in June of 2011 after hitting just .228/.244/.276 in 42 games.

Mora was named an All-Star twice — in 2003 and 2005 — and earned a few MVP votes in 2004.

  1. simon94022 - Dec 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Only a few years till some sportswriter ties himself up in knots explaining the decision to vote Mora for the Hall of Fame but not marginal candidates like Bagwell, Clemens and Bonds.

  2. dondada10 - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Mora was a solid major leaguer and terrific family man. With that being said, it still pisses me off that the Mets traded him for zero production from Mike Bordick only to have Bordick re-sign with the O’s and Mora blossomed.

  3. hammyofdoom - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Melvin Mora was one of those solid baseball players that never made headlines, but he always seemed to do something against the Red Sox to catch my eye while he played them. Good luck to Melvin, good player and from everything I have heard great guy.

    • hammyofdoom - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM

      Holy crap just looked at his 2004 season, the dude batted .340 with a .562 slugging? Didn’t know he had it in’im

      • JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:12 PM

        He lead the AL in OBP that year, at .419.

  4. JBerardi - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Hell of a career for a guy who didn’t reach the majors until he was 27 and didn’t get 600 plate appearances in a season until he was 30.

  5. baseballisboring - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    Pretty nice career.

  6. ndrocks2 - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Hope someone tells Theo so the Cubs can stop scouting him as a 1B/3B option for next season.

  7. proudlycanadian - Dec 30, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    Mora was a stud both as a baseball player and as a man. He and his wife had 6 kids including quintuplets. He was a terrific family man and I always enjoyed watching him play baseball.

  8. 78mu - Dec 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I made fun of Paul O’Neill getting a HOF vote from Bloom but guys like Mora and O’Neill were more typical of the guys on our favorite teams than a clear cut hall-of-famer. We remember when they got the big hit to win a mid-June game even though our team finished in fourth place that year.

    I remember when I took my 10 year old son and his friends to a Cardinals Open House. The kids wanted autographs from Thomas Howard and Joe McEwing while I tried to explain to them why they should want Ken Dayley’s or Ken Reitz’s autograph. None of those guys will be in the HOF but they gave a lot of fans a lot of good memories.

    Not every player will be a Musial or Pujols. But without the Moras and Daleys and McEwings the game would not be the same and neither would our memories.

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