Fourteen year Major League Baseball veteran Carlos Lee has announced he is retiring ‘as a player,’ as ESPN Deportes puts it. The ‘retiring as a player’ part is interesting and could mean he hopes to stay active in baseball as a coach.
Lee turned 37 on Thursday.
“It’s something that was already going through my mind,” said Lee about retirement program Sports Radio Frequency Panama. He added that he is very happy because “we had a very good season … we finish our race healthy and without any major injuries. The numbers speak for themselves.”
He spent the majority of his 14 year career with the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. There were stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Florida/Miami Marlins, and Toronto Blue Jays as well.
He ends his career with a .285 batting average, 358 total career home runs and 1,363 RBIs. From 2005 to 2007 he was a three-time All Star. In the 2005 and 2007 season he also won the Silver Slugger Award.
He also is 7th all time on the career grand slams list with 17 to his name. He is tied with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams.