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Mike Cameron announces retirement

Feb 19, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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Mike Cameron signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in mid-December. But he won’t ever take the field wearing the curly W.

According to the Nationals’ official Twitter account, Cameron informed the team on Sunday morning that he is officially retiring from baseball.

The 39-year-old outfielder was a .249/.338/.444 career hitter over parts of 17 major league seasons. He collected 1,700 hits, 278 home runs and three Gold Gloves while playing for the White Sox, Reds, Mariners, Mets, Padres, Brewers, Red Sox and Marlins.

Cameron likely would have made the Nats’ Opening Day roster as a part-time center fielder. His absence will mean more playing time for Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina. Or Washington could put Jayson Werth in center to make room for an early arrival of top prospect Bryce Harper.

  1. theonlynolan - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Congratulations, Mike. Hell of a career. Enjoy your retirement.

    • dondada10 - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Class act. Enjoy the life of leisure.

  2. shawndc04 - Feb 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Man, that first day of Spring Training must be tough.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I wonder if Johnny Damon’s agent has already phoned Washington?

    • shawndc04 - Feb 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      If he has he better have told the Nats brass that Damon can hit righthanded.

  4. jyoung1891 - Feb 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    The Nats had better get serious about finding some depth. Even Cameron didn’t think that he belonged out there.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    good fielder but under rated? .249 career average and he was a strikeout waiting to happen

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Had a better WAR than Kirby Puckett.

  6. dcfan4life - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Man i hope this doesnt force the Nats to rush Bryce Harper… Id rather they signed another veteran than hurry this kid to the majors.

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