Utilityman Adam Rosales announced his retirement from baseball with a Twitter post. He wrote, “Special thanks to the eight different organizations who have all given me the opportunity of a lifetime! Today, I’m hanging up these beat-up cleats and opening a new exciting chapter in my life!” Rosales tagged the eight organizations for which he played: the Reds, Athletics, Rangers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Indians, and Twins.
Rosales will help coach for the Athletics’ rookie league team, the Athletics announced on Tuesday.
Rosales, 36, played all over the field, logging 1,000-plus innings at second base, third base, and shortstop. He also played over 580 innings at first base, and 58 in left field. He hit .226/.291/.365 across parts of 11 seasons. His best season came in 2016 with the Padres, when he posted career-highs in games played, triples, home runs, and walks.
Aside from his versatility, Rosales was best known for his very quick trots around the bases after hitting a home run.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).