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Jason Bartlett will retire after 10 years in the big leagues

Apr 18, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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Jason Bartlett will retire after ten seasons in the Major Leagues, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Twins have asked him to reconsider, but it isn’t likely, Berardino adds.

Bartlett, 34, joined the Twins on a minor league deal over the off-season suffered an ankle injury on April 7 after replacing Josh Willingham, who was also injured. He was used almost exclusively as a shortstop throughout his career, showing adept defense despite not doing much with the bat. Over 3,521 career plate appearances, Bartlett has a career .702 OPS.

We at Hardball Talk wish Bartlett the best as he heads into retirement.

  1. dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    That 2009 season came out of nowhere. Batted .320/.389/.490 with a 132 OPS+ and ranked 8th in the AL in BB-Ref’s WAR. His 2nd best offensive season was .309/.367/.393 with a 99 OPS+ in 2006 for the Twins.

  2. Bryz - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Well, he didn’t begin the season on the disabled list, but after looking terrible at the plate and terrible in the field (including misplaying a few balls in left field, where the Twins were hoping he’d be a super utility player) he was eventually put on the DL.

    • Bill Baer - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Thanks for catching that. For some reason, I thought I remembered him dealing with an ankle injury during spring training, but it must have been someone else. I’ve edited the post.

      • Bryz - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        The Twins are my favorite team, I hope I know what’s going on with them!

  3. schke - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Why would the Twins ask him to reconsider? He’s doing them a favor. Only the Twins would have a player who knew he needs to hang it up before the organization did.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      they were probably making a mistake in the case of bartlett, but it isn’t always bad when the heart overrules the head.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        MIstake, nuthin’. The Twins love themselves some utility infielder types that play multiple positions poorly and can’t hit worth a damn. Bartlett is as good as they come for those two criteria at the moment.

  4. Barry's Triceps - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Never looked at his defensive.metrics, but watching him in person and on tv he seemed pretty solid as a defender. Nice enough guy good luck to.him after baseball.

    • schke - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      Except the Twins didn’t keep them as a backup infielder. They wanted him to be a 4th/5th OF’er. His first time in the OF in real time action, he looked like a JV high school player.

  5. captainwisdom88 - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I will always thank jason bartlett for that free taco bell taco he got me

  6. baseballbum - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    It just goes to show how your fates can change in baseball. This guy when he played for Tampa Bay was a super star in the making, a possible MVP candidate. They would not be to afford him so they traded him. And he was never the same since. And he is only 34. What a shame.

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