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37-year-old Orlando Cabrera says he’s retiring

Jan 18, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

Orlando Cabrera AP

ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas tweets that Orlando Cabrera told a Colombian radio station that he’s opting for retirement.

Cabrera, 37, likely wasn’t offered more than minor league deals after hitting just .238/.267/.307 in 450 at-bats with the Indians and Giants last season. He hadn’t been a real asset as a regular since his last season with the Angels in 2007, though given the respect he commands around the league, he might have been able to hang on as a role player for a couple of more years.

Cabrera finishes up with a .272/.317/.390 line, 123 homers, 854 RBI and 216 steals in 7,562 at-bats. He spent his first 7 1/2 seasons with the Expos before helping the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004. His best season came the year before, when he hit .297/.347/.460 with 17 homers and 80 RBI for Montreal. He won two Gold Gloves, the first in 2001 and the second with the Angels in 2007.

  1. cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Another Expo rides into the sunset…*sigh*. Happy trails, OC.

    • missthemexpos - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      I figured that the Olympic Stadium in Montreal would have collapsed or have been blown up before the last remaining Expo hung up his cleats. Not many left now, hang in there Vlad.

      • lyon810 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        We (the taxpayers) just finished paying it off from the ’76 games, it’s not going down any time soon (unfortunately)

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        I’m with MTE: I’da thought it fell down of its own accord ages ago. I can only hope that Vladdy’s career lasts longer than that hateful structure.

  2. bigharold - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Imagine all the money the RS could have saved had they just signed OC after 04 rather than Rentiria and Lugo.

  3. whittle79 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Cheers !! To a great career !!

  4. robertterwilliger - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    more time to spend making up funny handshakes!

  5. yankeesgameday - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    He was a Yankee killer no matter where he played. Much respect.

  6. vipod4ever - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    as a former Montreal, and redsox fan…thank-you for the energy needed in ’04 to finally make it happen.

  7. lyon810 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    OC and Vidro up the middle: legendary

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    guy should have retired years ago, dont let the door hit ya on the way out there orlando.

    • paperlions - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      You should have stopped commenting years ago

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        and you should have realized that i am god years ago and to listen to my words

      • paperlions - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        You are a great argument for atheism.

  9. thefalcon123 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I’ll mostly remember Orlando for how stupid I was 10 years ago. I thought his 2001 season was so awesome but that he really sucked in 2002. Oh RBIs, how you fooled the foolish young me.

  10. psousa1 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Thanks for ’04. They would have never won it without dumping Nomar and getting OC. Too bad their were other forces at play and they couldn’t keep him past that season.

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