Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Freddy Sanchez filed his retirement papers today. In other news, Freddy Sanchez didn’t do this, like, three or four years ago. Who knew?
Sanchez dislocated his shoulder in mid-2011. It was an injury from which he never returned. Sadly that wasn’t the only injury he suffered during his ten-year big league career and it was those injuries which kept us from seeing Sanchez at his best more than we did. He won a batting title in 2006, hitting .344 and leading the league with 53 doubles but his body wasn’t at 100% enough to replicate or to even really come close to that level of production very often. He finished his career with a line of .297/.335/.413 in 904 games. He was a three-time All-Star.
Short career or not, Sanchez will always have a place in the heart of Pirates fans as he was one of the few bright lights in Pittsburgh during some very dark times for the franchise.