Long-time shortstop Edgar Renteria announced to RCN Television in his native Colombia that he was officially retiring from baseball today.
While not a Hall of Famer in Seeds All Day’s opinion, Renteria certainly has left his mark on Major League Baseball.
Renteria, 36, is a two-time World Series MVP, taking those honors in 1997 with the Florida Marlins and again in 2010 with the San Francisco Giants, and played in a third World Series with the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals.
In the 1997 championship, it was Renteria who hit a two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th of game 7 to bring Florida it’s first title. He is just one of ten players in baseball history to clinch a World Series with a walk-off RBI.
For his career, Renteria batted .286 with 140 home runs and 923 RBIs. But it’s his tendency to cash in during clutch moments for which he will be most remembered.
In 16 major league seasons, Renteria was selected as an All Star five times, and won back-to-back Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger Awards in 2003 and 2004.
The Colombian native last appeared in the bigs in 2011 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He did not play in 2012.
Stay tuned tomorrow, when Seeds All Day will be adding Renteria to its baseball obituaries page.