Former second baseman Mark Ellis is retiring from baseball after 12 major league seasons, he told the San Francisco Chronicle late Wednesday evening.
“It was definitely time,” said Ellis, who will turn 38 years old this June. “My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else.”
Ellis retires with a .991 fielding percentage, which ranks fifth all-time among second baseman.
The Florida native spent nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics, finishing with 533 runs, 1,015 hits and 86 home runs, which was good for a .265 average during his tenure there.
Retweet to thank Mark Ellis for his contributions to Oakland A's baseball. Ellis is retiring after 12 MLB seasons. pic.twitter.com/7EphsxJpOA— Athletics (@Athletics) February 26, 2015
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