Edgar Renteria last played in 2011 and, when approached by a couple of teams last season, said that he did not intend to play anymore. He did not actually announce his retirement, however, until today. This from an HBT reader Jose Garcia, who lives in Medellin, Colombia:
I just saw (an hour ago) on the local RCN news, a live feed from Edgars home in Barranquilla, where he officially announced his retirement. He told local news, MLB should announce it later today or tomorrow.
He didn’t need to do it, but it’s nice that he has officially announced, if for no other reason than it gave him a moment before his fans down in Colombia.
For his career, Renteria (officially) finishes with a line of .286/.343/.398 with 140 homers, 923 RBI, a couple of World Series rings and a couple of boffo World Series moments, topped off with winning the 2010 World Series MVP while with the Giants.
Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.
Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.
That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.
Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.
Madison Bumgarner talked to the press yesterday about his dirt bike injury and its fallout.
While there is some speculation that the Giants may change their approach to Bumgarner’s contract situation at some point as a result of all of this, yesterday Bumgarner noted that the organization has been supportive as have his teammates. He said he apologized to them as well for an act he characterized as “definitely not the most responsible decision.”
As for the wreck itself, Bumgarner was a bit embarrassed to say that it wasn’t the result of doing anything cool or spectacular on the bike. Sounds like he probably just laid the thing down. Guess it makes no real difference given that he’s injured either way, but you’d hope to at least get a cool story out of it. Alas.
Here’s video of him talking to the press. The best and most accurate takeaway from it: when he says “it sucks.” Yep.