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Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:37 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Exactly two months after signing a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron has decided to call it a career, according to the club.

Cameron appeared to be a possibility as a center-field platoon partner with either Roger Bernadina or Rick Ankiel -- both of whom are left-handed -- but now the Nats are without a righty option. Of course, if Bryce Harper makes the team out of spring, the plan is to play Jayson Werth in center every day.

Cameron, 39, closes with a good career resume. In 17 seasons, he hit .249/.338/.444 with 278 home runs, 968 RBI, 1,064 runs and 297 stolen bases. He won three Gold Gloves, made one All-Star Game and received MVP votes two times. He has a shot at getting on the Hall of Fame ballot (Bill Mueller and Tony Womack were on this year's, for example), but no shot of getting in.

He never spent more than four years with the same ballclub, playing for eight different franchises: The Mariners, White Sox, Mets, Red Sox, Padres, Brewers, Reds and Marlins. Amazingly, as you can see, he played in every single division.

He was also involved in two pretty big transactions as part of trades in exchange for both Ken Griffey Jr. and Paul Konerko.

The highlight of Cameron's career had to be on May 2, 2002, when he hit four home runs in one game -- becoming the 13th player in big-league history to accomplish the feat.

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Obviously it was overdue for Cameron`s retirement, but the Nats may the one team he was probably still an option in CF.  Sticking Werth in CF is one way to try and make him earn his silly $.  How Tont Womack ever appeared on any ballot is a joke.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

This is a great insightful comment. 
Why does it have a score of 8 points? 


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Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:58 pm
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Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

This is exactly the type of guy Billy Beane will sign...and he will package a FEW of the 17 other 2 tool outfielders on the roster and trade them - probably for pitching prospects. And actually....I say, do it, Billy.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:35 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

He'll be back because HE HAS TO!!!



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Good luck-you were a good player and a better teammate!



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

He was about 8 feet short from having 5 home runs on May 2nd, 2002:-) You'll be missed Cam.



Since: Aug 21, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Mike Cameron is one of my all time favorite players. especially when he was in Seattle he was a 5 tool player... good luck in what ever u deide to do next Mike Cameron...



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