James Loney has officially announced his retirement from professional baseball. The 35-year-old former Dodgers’ infielder last appeared at the big league level in 2016 for the Mets, where he hit 265/307/397 across 100 games for New York.
Loney was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1st round of the 2002 MLB Draft, making him the number 19 overall pick. Some notable names picked before him include Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Nick Swisher, and Cole Hamels.
Former Major Leaguer and Fort Bend County native James Loney has announced his retirement following a 17-year professional career.
We thank James for his time with the Skeeters and wish him the best of luck in retirement!
— Sugar Land Skeeters (@SL_Skeeters) May 10, 2019
Loney was picked up out of Lawrence E Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. The big left-handed first baseman made his way through the minor league system relatively quickly, cracking the big league team after 4 years of minor league play.
Loney hit 303 with 32 home runs over his first 305 games and 3 seasons with the team, finishing up with a few Rookie of the Year votes in 2007. In terms of postseason performance, Loney was one of the most reliable hitters the Dodgers have ever had. He hit a combined .349 with 3 home runs across 63 at-bats for the Dodgers in five playoff series.
The Dodgers sent Loney to Boston as a part of the trade package that landed Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto in the Summer of 2012. He spent a total of 11 seasons at the big league level and accumulated 108 home runs as well as 1425 hits.