Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis retires from baseball at age 37

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Mark Ellis told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle late Wednesday evening that he is retiring from baseball after 12 major league seasons.

“It was definitely time,” said Ellis, who will turn 38 years old this June. “My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else.”

Ellis played for the A’s, Rockies, Dodgers, and Cardinals, batting .262/.327/.384 in 5,728 career major league plate appearances. He’ll go down as one of the best defensive second basemen of all time.