Former Giants utility man Cabrera retires

January 19, 2012, 6:30 am
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Former Giants utility infielder Orlando Cabrera announced his retirement from MLB on a Colombian radio station Wednesday, closing a 15-year career that ended in San Francisco.

Cabrera hit .238 in 130 games between the Indians and Giants last season. He was brought to San Francisco by Brian Sabean to spell the injured Miguel Tejada at shortstop.

"He is a proven winner," manager Bruce Bochy said after the addition. "With Miguel, one of our shortstops going down, we felt like we needed an experienced shortstop who could go out there every day. He was available. It worked out well for us."

While the acquisition worked out, Cabrera with the Giants did not; Cabrera hit just .222 and the Giants failed to reach the playoffs to defend their 2010 world championship.

The 15-year veteran began his career with the Montreal Expos in 1997 and played for the Angels, White Sox, A's, Twins, Reds, Indians and Giants.

In 2009, Cabrera hit .280 in 101 games in Oakland.

He made MLB history when became the first player to reach the postseason in four consecutive years with four different teams, doing so from 2007-20011 with the Angels, White Sox, Twins and Reds.

Cabrera, 37, helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004, and won Gold Gloves in 2001 with the Expos and in 2007 with the Angels.

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