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Mark Kotsay will retire after the 2013 season

Sep 15, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

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From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Mark Kotsay will retire as a player at the end of the season.

“I know this is a good time physically and mentally for me to retire . . . these are my last games as a player,” Kotsay said Saturday before Atlanta’s Kris Medlen shut out the Padres on four hits over 7 1/3 innings to lead the Braves to a 2-1 victory before 40,153 at Turner Field.

The 37-year-old native of Southern California made his major league debut the same season (1997) as Todd Helton, who is also hanging up his cleats for good this October. Kotsay played for the Marlins, Padres, Athletics, Braves, Red Sox, White Sox and Brewers over the course of his 17-year career, batting .276/.332/.405 with 1,781 hits and 127 home runs. Baseball-Reference estimates he made $50.75 million.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    A very nice career.

  2. icanspeel - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Nice career and great guy.

  3. alexandercartwright - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    He signed his name to a total of $50.75 but he didn’t bring that home not with Uncle Sam getting his first

    • gloccamorra - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Every state he played in that had an income tax got a piece of that. The states pro-rate the salaries of major league players who have to write multiple income tax checks to them. It’s why why ballplayers need agents with good accounting skills, and why a lot of ballplayers And other pro athletes) live in states like Florida, with no income tax.

  4. My Myasthenia Journey - Sep 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I swore he retired some time ago

  5. abxyer - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Great guy…..Thanks Mark!
    Marlins fan.

  6. thebigtim2012 - Sep 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Seemed like a pretty stand up guy

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    wow 50 million. what a shit ton for an average player. makes you think

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