(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