One of the greats in Los Angeles Dodgers history will play no longer – and where has the time gone? Andre Ethier announced his retirement from baseball after a remarkable twelve year career.
To signify Ethier’s prominence to the organization, the Dodgers will honor his career in a pregame ceremony on Friday, August 3rd at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers will celebrate the 12-year career of Andre Ethier and honor him with a pregame retirement ceremony on Friday, August 3 prior to their game against the Astros. pic.twitter.com/psoc1IYwx7
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 25, 2018
Ethier had this to say in regards to the event – one that will be a hot ticket for any modern-era Dodgers fan:
“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier said in a statement. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there. I’m humbled by this evening and look forward to sharing it all with you.”
When we last heard from Ethier, he stated that he still had a strong desire to play the game. Still, that was back in February and as a free agent, Ethier needed a team to give him one last shot. That call never came, he’s elected to move on to the next chapter of his life.
During his best years, Ethier was a dominating offensive presence. Further, retiring as a .285 career hitter is no small order. He was part of seven division-title winners, and twice an All-Star. A look back at his career numbers put into perspective just how special Ethier was while hitting in the middle of the Los Angeles order so many seasons in the sun.
Ethier, By the Numbers:
- Ethier is among the Los Angeles Dodgers all-time leaders in games (1,455, 7th), hits (1,367, 7th), and extra-base hits (499, 4th).
- He retires with a 21.2 bWAR, his best season in that category came in 2012 when he posted a 3.5 bWAR.
- Won the Silver Slugger Award in 2009 and finished 6th in MVP voting. Andre had a career high in home runs (31) and runs batted in (106) that season. He hit four walk-off home runs during this season.
- Career on-base percentage of .359, and career OPS of .822. Ethier hit 162 home runs – which ties him for eighth on the Dodgers all-time list.
- Played in 51 postseason games in parts of 14 series. He had a .937 OPS in the NLDS round.
- Ethier won a Gold Glove Award in 2011, his age-29 season.
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