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Edgar Renteria officially announces his retirement

Mar 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Edgar Renteria last played in 2011 and, when approached by a couple of teams last season, said that he did not intend to play anymore.  He did not actually announce his retirement, however, until today. This from an HBT reader Jose Garcia, who lives in Medellin, Colombia:

I just saw (an hour ago) on the local RCN news, a live feed from Edgars home in Barranquilla, where he officially announced his retirement.  He told local news, MLB should announce it later today or tomorrow.

He didn’t need to do it, but it’s nice that he has officially announced, if for no other reason than it gave him a moment before his fans down in Colombia.

For his career, Renteria (officially) finishes with a line of .286/.343/.398 with 140 homers, 923 RBI, a couple of World Series rings and a couple of boffo World Series moments, topped off with winning the 2010 World Series MVP while with the Giants.

  1. lingerie00yardsale - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Thanks for everything Edgar Renteria!

    An immortal legend in San Francisco.

    • tuberippin - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      “Thanks for everything Edgar Renteria!

      Love,
      San Francisco and St. Louis”

      THANKS FOR NOTHING RENTERIA

      Love,
      Philadelphia and Boston

      • bigharold - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Is he still getting paid by the RS?

      • royhobbs39 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Did I miss something? Did he ever play for the Phillies?

      • tuberippin - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Played for Boston and sucked (and was the main reason they didn’t repeat for a title, given that they let Orlando Cabrera go and traded pieces to STL to acquire Renteria).

        Playing for SF in 2010, was (along with Cody Ross) was a primary reason the Giants were able to win the 2010 NLCS.

      • plummer2512 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I don’t get the hate for him in Boston. Being a Red Sox fan, he put up a pretty good year in 2005. I personally think they gave up on him too quick: 2005 stats:
        .276/.335/.385/.721 – 100 runs, 70 rbi, 36 2B, 55 BB
        Right in line with his career averages.

        His defense was terrible – 30 errors but he wasn’t exactly ever know for his glove…

  2. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    While many will remember the WS rings in Florida and San Francisco, the best and longest years were spent in St. Louis. He was a terrific SS, eclipsed only by his even better reputation as an individual.

    Thanks for the memories Edgar, you and Columbia should always feel proud.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I will always remember the big flop he was for San Fran those two year and how he regained it with that big 3 run shot in the WS. being a big fam of the gigantes I enjoyed that very much…ah well he had a pretty good career

  4. unlost1 - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    shoulda called the Dodgers

  5. rvnc - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    That shot off Cliff Lee in 2010 was a beauty. Very fond memories of Renteria and congratulations for a nice career.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I shed a tear when his line drive tipped off Charles Nagy’s glove and Craig Counsell scored the winning run in extra innings of game 7 in 97. What a fun year

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