Carlos Lee has decided that the time has come to walk away from the game of baseball. On Thursday, the date of his 37th birthday, the veteran outfielder announced that he was retiring as a major league player.
Lee, nicknamed “El Caballo” (meaning “the horse”), played 14 seasons in the big leagues, splitting time with the White Sox, Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Marlins. He was a three-time All Star (2005-2007) and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2005 and 2007).
Lee will be remembered most for his power, durability, and consistency.
In 2,099 total games, El Caballo hit .285 with 389 home runs, never once striking out more than 100 times in a season. During the peak of his career, he had five consecutive 30-home run season and 11 consecutive 20 home-run seasons. He stole double-digit bases seven times despite being built like a freight train, and played in at least 140 games in all but one of his major league seasons.
Lee last played In 2012 when he hit .264 with nine home runs and 77 RBIs as a member of the Astros and Marlins.
I will be adding a tribute baseball card to the “Career Obituaries” page to briefly commemorate the career of El Caballo.