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Eric Hinske expected to retire after Diamondbacks release

Jul 19, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Arizona released Eric Hinske, who’d previously accepted an assignment to the minors after being dropped from the 40-man roster last month. Hinske went 1-for-18 at Triple-A and wasn’t much better in limited action for the Diamondbacks.

And according to Andrew Simon of the 35-year-old former Rookie of the Year is expected to retire after playing 12 seasons for seven different teams.

Hinske never duplicated the success from his award-winning rookie season with the Blue Jays in 2004 and was basically finished as an everyday player at age 30, but managed to stick around as a bench bat with some left-handed power.

If this is indeed the end for Hinske his final numbers include a .249 batting average, 137 homers, and a .762 OPS in 4,310 plate appearances spread over 1,387 games. Plus a bunch of playoff appearances and nearly $22 million in career earnings.

  1. @Cereal_22 - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    The Blue Jays have always been terrible at developing talent.

  2. mdpickles - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Who has a bigger melon? Hinske or Kevin Mench?

  3. humpalumpagus - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Sorry but this is a pretty weak summary of Hinske’s contributions to the game. Yes, he never replicated the success of his impressive Rookie of the Year season but, as a bench player, he was on two World Series winning teams (2007, 2009) and made it to the series with three different franchises three seasons in a row… the guy was the closest thing in baseball to a good luck charm! Not to mention his famously clumsy yet ridiculous catch playing right field for the Red Sox!

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    We’ll always remeber you fondly, Eric 😉

  5. mrpinkca - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    This really puts a damper on my ability to make “5 games to Hinske jokes” every time anything remotely suspension worthy happens.

  6. hildezero - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    The D-backs are known for signing veteran players and keeping them good and sometimes make them better, but this transaction just shows how much young talent the D-backs and not needing too much veteran players like before.

  7. redux23 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    not a very gritty way to go out

  8. txraiderfan - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Another terrible trade by the Cubs

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