Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez announces retirement

  • Manuel Childs
Eric Chavez Eric Chavez #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives third base coach Glenn Sherlock #53 after Chavez hit a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

(April 12, 2014 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)


Arizona Diamonbacks utility infielder Eric Chavez officially announced his retirement today after suffering a sprained left knee from over a month ago. The injury was a reoccurring injury from last season and became degenerative this year forcing him to call it a career.

Chavez started his career with the Oakland Athletics and was on his way to a hall of fame worthy career with the numbers he put up though his first ten years in the league. At the top of his game he was a superb defensive third baseman with solid home run power.

However he started to break down in his later years with Oakland sitting out and missing a number of games with back and shoulder problems.

He revived his career with the New York Yankees for a couple of seasons before signing with the Diamondbacks as a utility infielder. He was a productive bat off the bench and as a spot starter as well as a good defensive replacement late in games, but it was staying healthy that was the issue for Chavez recently.

He batted a career .268/.342/.475 slash line with 260 home runs and 902 RBI. He won six consecutive Gold Glove awards from 2001-2006 all with the Oakland Athletics.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs

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