Going into Spring Training this time last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left in a tough situation in regards to who would start at second base after the departure of Mark Ellis.
Although Dee Gordon became an All-Star at the spot, the Dodgers weren’t sure what to expect after Ellis signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He proved solid defense and consistency at the plate in his two year in Los Angeles.
After 12 seasons in the Majors, the veteran second baseman announced his retirement from the game via Susan Sussler of SF Gate:
Mark Ellis, who spent nine of his 12 major-league seasons with the A’s, is retiring.
“It was definitely time,” Ellis told The Chronicle on Wednesday evening. “My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else.”
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (no relation) wished his former teammate a happy retirement, via Twitter:
Congrats on an amazing career to a great role model and teammate. Enjoy your family and clean up your golf game… pic.twitter.com/6DaYzGhkgU
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) February 26, 2015
Ellis began his career with the Oakland Athletics and stayed there for nine seasons until he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He then spent two seasons with the Dodgers before his final season with the Cardinals.
Ellis’ departure sparked a little bit of intrigue because his move to St. Louis was presumably due to the Dodgers indecisiveness and interest in bringing him back long-term.
Over 236 games in a Dodgers uniform, Ellis batted .264 with a .328 OBP and slugged a total of 13 homers with 79 RBIs. In his career, he averaged .262 at the plate over 5,117 plate appearances.
Although Ellis found himself in a rivaling Cardinals uniform at the end of his career, his time with Dodgers will be remembered.
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