Dodgers veteran infielder David Freese announced his retirement from baseball via his Twitter account on Saturday.
— David Freese (@david23freese) October 12, 2019
The 36-year-old is stepping away from the game after an 11-year career in the majors where he became known for being clutch in big games. He hit a walkoff home run for the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the 2011 World Series and sent the series to a game seven, where he hit a two-run double that ultimately earned him World Series MVP.
With the Dodgers, Freese was just as special. He hit a leadoff home run in the first inning of game five of the 2018 World Series, though the Dodgers weren’t able to build off his momentum and ended up losing.
Freese had his swan song in game three of the NLDS this season, when he pinch-hit in the top of the sixth inning and hit a single to put runners at the corners with two outs. Russell Martin batted next and the Dodgers went on a seven run onslaught in the inning to give the Dodgers a 10-4 win and a 2-1 series lead, but they weren’t able to capitalize again, losing to the Nationals in five games.
Freese’s bat will be missed not only by Dodgers and Cardinals fans, but by baseball as a whole.