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Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:37 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Exactly two months after signing a minor-league deal with the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron has decided to call it a career, according to the club.

Cameron appeared to be a possibility as a center-field platoon partner with either Roger Bernadina or Rick Ankiel -- both of whom are left-handed -- but now the Nats are without a righty option. Of course, if Bryce Harper makes the team out of spring, the plan is to play Jayson Werth in center every day.

Cameron, 39, closes with a good career resume. In 17 seasons, he hit .249/.338/.444 with 278 home runs, 968 RBI, 1,064 runs and 297 stolen bases. He won three Gold Gloves, made one All-Star Game and received MVP votes two times. He has a shot at getting on the Hall of Fame ballot (Bill Mueller and Tony Womack were on this year's, for example), but no shot of getting in.

He never spent more than four years with the same ballclub, playing for eight different franchises: The Mariners, White Sox, Mets, Red Sox, Padres, Brewers, Reds and Marlins. Amazingly, as you can see, he played in every single division.

He was also involved in two pretty big transactions as part of trades in exchange for both Ken Griffey Jr. and Paul Konerko.

The highlight of Cameron's career had to be on May 2, 2002, when he hit four home runs in one game -- becoming the 13th player in big-league history to accomplish the feat.

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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

I remember Cam as the guy who replaced Griffey


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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:15 pm
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Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:06 am
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Great guy always signed autographs back when he was a Met.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

One of the games great people, will be missed.



Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

You're kidding me, right? .249 is an excellent career when that career lasts 17 seasons. ANY career that lasts 17 seasons is an excellent one. Cameron struck out a lot, it's true, but he hit for power and he played some of the best center field you ever did see. That four home run game, his robbing Derek Jeter of a home run with an outstanding leap on the fence, the way he shifted over to right to accomodate Carlos Beltran in New York the year after he hit 30 home runs for the Mets without a complaint...guy was a class act. And the fact he had maybe his best season when he was on the 116 win 2001 Mariners is icing on the cake. Best of luck, Cameron, I followed you closely in both Seattle and Queens and you'll always be remembered fondly by both fan bases.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

A .249 career batting average is not a decent career.




Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

I understand after a decent career no one wants to be known playing for a minor league club.  I wish a club would have shown him a little respect.  You never know though, he could be a fill in DH or even a fair hitting outfielder.  Only time will tell.




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:33 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

Mike Cameron is a class act. He was a good club house guy, always smiling, even during the dog days of summer. Although he has a short stint with the Padres, he was fun to watch, especially when playing out in center field making spectacular catches. It was good to see him rebound from the injuries suffered in a collision with Carlos Betran going after a shallow fly ball at Petco Park while he was with the Mets. I was at that game and never seen a collision so brutal in any sport, including football and hockey.
He may not make it to the Hall of Fame, but he his personality was Hall of Fame caliber. I wish him well. 



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

I, for one, would like to see Mike play this season and pick up the 32 RBI's he needs to reach the 1000 RBI mark.   It won't get him into the HoF, but he's is still a class act and good defensive player.   Hopefully someone will need a reliable option during the season, and give him a call.  



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Mike Cameron retires from baseball

So that'll be one fewer player active in 2012 with more career safe hits than Mark McGwire, who now ranks 465th all-time according to Major League Baseball's official stats (and lower according to other unofficial but historically authoritative sources) --and he's on track to get brushed permanently out of the top 500 by the end of 2017 or the year after.

Something worth considering when putting aside the ped matter and weighing up Cooperstown cred by the numbers alone.


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