Rich Aurilia Retires

Rich Aurilia officially retired, according to's Chris Haft. Aurilia says he misses playing, but told Haft it's time for a "different phase" of his life.

Aurilia had hoped to play again this year with the Yankees or Mets. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported earlier in the year that Aurilia had a broadcasting deal in place in case he couldn't find a big league job.

The 38-year-old signed a minor league deal worth $1MM with the Giants last year and went on to hit .213/.256/.279 in 133 plate appearances. That's far from the .275/.328/.433 line Aurilia posted over the course of a 15-year career that began on the Giants in 1995, alongside Dave Burba, Deion Sanders and Rod Beck

Aurilia hit 186 home runs, made an All Star team and won the 2001 Sliver Slugger when he hit 37 homers as the Giants' shortstop. Aurilia made about $32MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.

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12 Comments on "Rich Aurilia Retires"

5 years 5 months ago


5 years 5 months ago

I was just going to say that I hope their is no arguments for the HOF for this one.

5 years 5 months ago

He made about $32 million in his 15-year career. I don’t think there’s any HOF discussion in his future; not with a .275/.328/.433 line with only 186 HRs and 756 RBI. His career OPS+ was below 100.

5 years 5 months ago

I like this for the lack of sarcasm detection. Thank you.

J. Alora
5 years 5 months ago


Thanks for a fun career, Richie.

5 years 5 months ago

Solid ballplayer.

5 years 5 months ago

Xaverian HS alum I believe?

5 years 5 months ago

nice guy i went to school with his younger brother and i can tell you from the couple of times i had met him that he was truley a funny guy and someone who truely loved the game. best of luck rich in ur next career.

5 years 5 months ago

Richie was a fan favorite, and since I was a shortstop when I was a kid in NorCal I looked up to him. I always threw my bat when I struck out in high school as a nod to him.

5 years 5 months ago

Solid ballplayer and as mentioned, a local favorite. Def not HOF worthy but he had a nice career and should make it to the Giant’s HOF or whatever the team has.

5 years 5 months ago

Richie will make the Giant wall of fame at 24 Willie Mays Plaza. They have bronze plagues with players who played for them at least 5 years and made an all-star team. Richie definitely has a bright career as a broadcaster.

5 years 5 months ago

I’m sure that once they officially retire they can have posts about them, too.