Renteria May Retire After 2010

Edgar Renteria is just 34, but nagging injuries may push him into retirement at the end of the season, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. The shortstop hopes to return from a sore elbow and help the Giants reach and play in the postseason, but after that he’ll consider retiring.

"My mind is good, but sometimes the body says, 'no,' because I've had a lot of injuries this year," Renteria said.

After undergoing offseason elbow surgery, Renteria has missed time with groin, hamstring and shoulder injuries in 2010. He told Schulman that he’d pursue business opportunities in Florida and his native Colombia if he retires.

Renteria has a .279/.336/.379 batting line in 264 plate appearances this year. That kind of production won’t be enough for the Giants to pick up the $10.5MM option they hold for Renteria in 2011. Instead, they’ll likely buy the five-time All-Star out for $500K. Renteria has over 2200 hits, nearly 300 steals, three Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves in his 15-year career.


22 Responses to Renteria May Retire After 2010 Leave a Reply

  1. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Rent-a-wreck has finally crashed?

  2. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Maybe he’s had enough, but if not, perhaps he might recover enough to consider taking on a utility/veteran presence role — unless he’s an “all or nothing” kind of guy.

    • If I remember correctly, he said he wouldn’t mind coming back to ATL in some role before the end of his career.

    • Backup_Slider 5 years ago

      I’m not saying that you can’t teach a really old dog new tricks, but 17381/17382 MLB innings he’s played in the field have been spent at SS. If he had interest in becoming a utility guy to extend his career, he probably would have gotten some innings in at 3B, 2B, and 1B during the last few years.

  3. BravesRed 5 years ago

    Renteria has done one good thing in baseball, and that’s bringing Jurrjens to Atlanta.

    • rayking 5 years ago

      Nonsense. Is the game winning hit in the 11th inning of game 7 of the 1997 World Series not meaningful enough for you?!

      • Thank you rayking!! I noticed that was left out of the article when listing his achievements. 1997 world series champion.

    • penpaper 5 years ago

      “A liner…off of Nagy’s glove, into center field! The Florida Marlins have won…the WORLD SERIES!!!”

      • BravesRed 5 years ago

        And do I like the Marlins? No, so I stick by my answer.

        • Jason_F 5 years ago

          You did say “one good thing in baseball,” not one good thing for the Atlanta Braves. Until Jurrjens helps bring a World Series to Atlanta, then a walkoff, Game 7, World Series winning hit trumps almost everything else.

    • $1639238 5 years ago

      And that whole 1997 world series. And those really good years with the Cardinals. And that awesome year with the Braves. So, umm…actually he was a pretty good shortstop who had a pretty good career that crashed pretty early.

  4. John Gyna 5 years ago

    I wish MLBTR would announce that “Jeff Wilpon may retire after 2010″.

  5. marichal27 5 years ago

    retire, NOW, rentawreck

  6. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    Now is fine with me Edgar!

  7. Backup_Slider 5 years ago

    34? I’m definitely taking the over on that one. Renteria just HAS to be closer to 40 than 30. Where have you gone, ESPN guy that sets up phony interviews to ambush Latin American players with their real birth certificates?

    • It *is* a little peculiar how, post 9/11, when so many Latin American players were found to have fudged their birthdays, so few of them were top-earning stars. From that, you can either conclude that a) being insanely rich provides ways to aid against getting caught with a phony birth certificate; or b) top talents were scouted so heavily they were stuck with their real ages.

      Renteria’s career arc sure makes a lot more sense if he broke in at say, 21 (instead of 19), peaked at 27 (instead of 25), and washed out at 36 (instead of 34).

      Absent any evidence and him being a seemingly good guy, I suppose it’s best to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  8. penpaper 5 years ago

    He had a decent career, though nothing special. Same defensive SS now then when he first came into the league. One WS ring, $82 million career earnings, .287 career hitter. Only one terrible year over 15 seasons.

  9. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I’ve got a bad case of Renteria.

  10. jctrock 5 years ago

    He has done all he could when on the field and at bat as a San Francisco Giant this year. Thank you Edgar for your time in SF so far. You are free to retire and have a great retirment.

  11. jimboslice9 5 years ago

    Sad to hear this, but I’m not surprised. Class act, and the first non-Met I ever liked (unless you count Mark McGwire).When I hear his name I always think of this sign I saw in Busch Stadium on TV one time after he got a hit in the playoffs that said “this space for rent-eria”

  12. jimboslice9 5 years ago

    Sad to hear this, but I’m not surprised. Class act, and the first non-Met I ever liked (unless you count Mark McGwire).When I hear his name I always think of this sign I saw in Busch Stadium on TV one time after he got a hit in the playoffs that said “this space for rent-eria”

  13. I find it so fascinating that he has a walk-off hit to win a World Series (1997) and a final out in a World Series (2004)

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