Blog Entry

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:36 pm
By Matt Snyder

After a 13-season career, Melvin Mora has retired from Major League Baseball, reports Rafael Rojas.

Mora, 39, initially signed with the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent all the way back in 1991, but he didn't make the majors until 1999 with the Mets. He got 19 postseason plate appearances for the Mets that season, but -- unfortunately for Mora -- that was the last time he played in the playoffs. He was a member of the Diamondbacks this past season, but was released in June.

Mora played most of his big-league career for the Orioles, spending parts of 10 seasons there. He was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger with a superb offensive season in 2004, when he hit .340/.419/.562 with 27 homers, 104 RBI, 111 runs and 41 doubles.

As recently as 2008, Mora was still a productive offensive player, but he's declined the past few seasons as he's gotten closer to 40 years old. He hit just .228/.244/.276 last season for Arizona before his release.

Mora also spent one season with the Rockies.

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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:32 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

He was very good on the Mets. I remember that guy.
Good skills a real team player.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:04 pm

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

Congrats to Melvin! As a long time Oriolws fan, I always apreciated watching you on the field and alwasy felt that you were a class act. Baseball will miss you but now you get to enjoy that large family of yours. Have an enjoyable and long retirement.

Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:18 am
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Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:50 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

As a Mets fan I hated trading Melvin Mora for rental Mike Bordick, who just in turn went right back to the Orioles. But we did get to the World Series in 2000 and came up one walk short of it in 1999, thanks you Bobby Valentine. He's a great athelete, very special to a team. Plays any position well and hits clutch. What more can you ask for. Thanks Melvin for all the good years watching you play Baseball!

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:57 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

He was a solid, reliable player for sure. Class act on and off the field! I was glad to see him move over the NL, he was a RedSox killer!

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:20 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

This deserves some piling on: As a Phillies fan living in Baltimore, I was so impressed with Mora's professionalism, leadership, and community contributions outside the game.  He's been married to the same woman for years and is the father of multiples.  And his stats may not have been great, but they were better than average.  He could field multiple positions and hit for a little power.  Class act, the kind that deserves acknowledgement in a time when the stars get the most attention. 

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:19 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

One of my most favorite Orioles of all time! It was a dark day that saw you leave Camden Yards. Don't get too comfortable in your retirement, Melvin. Who knows. maybe Showalter has a place for you. I certainly hope so.

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:46 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

I absolutely agree with Colts. It is always great to have a baseball player that doesn't take his "job" for granted. I've never heard about any ump/player/media mix ups in regards to Mora and he has always had average stats. I can't think of any team that wouldn't have liked to have him on their team during his prime.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:59 am

Third baseman Melvin Mora retires

Thanks Melvin, your a class act. Enjoy retirement and thanks for the memories !!

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