Orlando Cabrera Retires


Former Indian Orlando Cabrera has played his last MLB game. The 15-year veteran infielder announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Cabrera, 37, signed with the Indians last winter and appeared in 91 games for the Tribe. He hit .244/.277/.321 with 4 home runs, 38 RBI, and -0.6 fWAR before being traded to the Giants for outfield prospect Thomas Neal in July.

Cabrera probably won’t consider his time with the Indians to be a highlight of his career; in addition to his uncharacteristically poor performance, many fans were frustrated that a below-replacement-level player continued to get regular playing time at second base at the expense of higher-upside young players like Cord Phelps and Jason Kipnis.

But there were some good memories. Cabrera’s pinch-hit home run against the Diamondbacks was one of the biggest plays of the season. And, lest we forget, it was Cabrera who suggested to Asdrubal Cabrera in spring training that he start swinging for the fences.

Cabrera ends his career with a .272/.317/.390 triple-slash, 123 home runs, 854 runs, 985 RBI, and 216 stolen bases. He won two Gold Gloves at shortstop, earned a 15th-place MVP finish in 2001, and won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004.

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