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Former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs announced his retirement

Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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In a column for the Denver Post yesterday, former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs announced that he has hung up the spikes, ending a seven-year career in the Majors. Spilborghs, now 34 years old, hadn’t played since 2011. He spent the 2012 season with the Triple-A affiliates for the Rangers (Round Rock Express) and Indians (Columbus Clippers). He played for the Saitana Seibu Lions in Japan in 2013 but his numbers were unimpressive.

Spilborghs retires with -0.3 WAR according to Baseball Reference, but he had a few decent years with the bat as a part-time outfielder for the Rockies. In 2007-08, he combined to post a .306/.384/.477 line in 575 plate appearances.

Spilborghs wrote in his column:

I’ve spent this entire offseason contemplating sacrifices and opportunity, weighing my individual desires and that of my family. What I’ve eventually landed on, and let me say it wasn’t an individual effort, was an agreement with my mind and my heart, that I am going to move on from playing baseball.

I’ve chronicled my adventures in Japan enough for people to know that it took a lot out of me and the pure enjoyment of playing the game. I don’t regret playing there –I loved it — but it really put a part of me into clear focus: being a parent.

In his latest venture, Spilborghs will join Colorado’s Root Sports as an analyst.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Man, I remember watching him come up. That was a good team: Spilborghs, Ianetta & Tulo. I was at the game when they announced he’d been called up. I feel a little less cold now, thinking about leaving work early to catch a day game at the old park.

  2. 4d3fect - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Representing (formerly) for the Gauchos!

    Good luck at Root, Ryan.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      /tortilla tossed

      • 4d3fect - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Ha, was going to mention the Foresters connection, but being a Blues fan, …nah.

  3. bmoreballers - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    If he would’ve stuck it out another week he prob would’ve got a spring training invite with the orioles

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