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Stairs to retire after 19 seasons, 13 teams

Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:14 pm
 
Matt Stairs

By C. Trent Rosecrans


After being released by the Nationals earlier this week, Matt Stairs will retire, he told CBC News on Wednesday.

"I'm not sad. I had a great career, a long career," Stairs said. "And it's one of those things where I can walk away today and not be sad about it."

Stairs, 43, played in parts of 19 seasons for a Major League-record 13 teams -- starting his career with the Expos in 1992 and ending it with the same franchise in a different location in 2011 with the Nationals. He also played for the Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies and Padres

Stairs mostly played first base, the outfield and DH, but was best as a pinch hitter, holding the record with 23 pinch-hit home runs. He finishes his careers with 265 home runs and a slash line of .262/.356/.477.

As a side note, a year ago in spring training, I went out to dinner with a couple of other baseball writers and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! challenged us to name all of Stairs' teams -- I think the group of six other writers managed to get 12 of the 13 before we gave up. It's a fun game to try with friends.

Anyway, Stairs hit just .154/.257/.169 in 74 plate appearances for Washington this season and was designated for assignment after the Nats acquired Jonny Gomes from the Reds.

A native of Canada, Stairs said he's ready to return to his homeland and spend time with his family. He's also a shoe-in for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame when he is eligible in three years.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Stairs to retire after 19 seasons, 13 teams

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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Stairs to retire after 19 seasons, 13 teams

Matt, here's getting your ass "pounded" during your retirement ceremony! Good Luck !




Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Stairs to retire after 19 seasons, 13 teams

Great career and congratulations to Matt Stairs!
Anyone of us would love to have the career he had, 19 years in the bigs not too shabby.
Once again Congratulations Matt!



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Stairs to retire after 19 seasons, 13 teams

I just want to thank Matt Stairs for coming to the Phillies when he did !!! What a great person , and teammate ! he will forever live in Phillies history for hitting the series changing homer vs the Dodgers in 08 . A Stairs boooomb !! Great career Matt and thanks for that memory that i will rewatch for the rest of my life !!!!


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