It hasn’t made front page news just yet, but leaks began to surface on Tuesday that veteran third baseman Casey Blake is seriously considering retiring from Major League Baseball.
Blake announced to the Des Moines Register that his is hanging up his cleats, even though the Texas Rangers may be interested in signing the 38-year old who was released by the Colorado Rockies back in March.
This does not come as a surprise to most, as Blake missed 88 games in 2011 with the Dodgers hitting .252/.342/.371 with 4 HR’s and 26 RBI’s and has been on the decline since.
Blake, who played 13 years in the Major Leagues and is currently a free agent, has played for the Blue Jays, Twins, Orioles, Indians and Dodgers.
And although Blake didn’t play an everyday role the majors until he was 29, he matured quickly, and was a .264 career hitter with 167 home runs, which was good for an OPS+ of 107.
During his peak years, 2003 through 2009, he posted a very good 267/.339/.453 batting line. He did struggle in October, but so have a lot of players, including Willie Mays.