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Miguel Cairo retires, joins Reds front office

Feb 14, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Miguel Cairo is retiring after a 17-year career, but he’s staying with the Reds and moving into the front office as a special assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.

That makes sense, because Cairo was seemingly beloved by every manager and general manager he ever played for, which is how you play 17 seasons in the majors while hitting .264 with a .675 OPS despite not having the range to even play shortstop.

Cairo had two of his best seasons for the Reds in 2010 and 2011, topping a .725 OPS in back-to-back years for the only time, but he hit just .187 last season at age 38.

Considering his limitations as a player 17 seasons, 4,392 plate appearances, and $10 million in earnings was a helluva career for Cairo.

  1. plmathfoto - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    In related news, the Reds are still waiting to see if Scott Rolen retires to figure out if they should keep a position for him in the front office…or the field…or…

  2. ryanmandrew - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Rolen announced he was not coming back Wednesday morning.

  3. vallewho - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I wish him success in his new role.

  4. raysfan1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Happy retirement to one of the original Devil Rays!

    • dan1111 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:55 AM

      It appears that he was the last remaining original Devil Ray in the majors.

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