Orlando Cabrera To Retire

Longtime MLB shortstop Orlando Cabrera said on a Colombian radio station that he will retire from baseball, reports ElHeraldo.co. Cabrera spent 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, winning two Gold Gloves and collecting 2,055 hits along the way.

The 37-year-old Colombia native signed with the Expos in 1993, made his MLB debut four years later and played for Montreal until the Red Sox traded for him in 2004. After winning a championship in Boston, Cabrera moved on to the Angels, White Sox, Athletics, Twins, Reds, Indians and Giants. He retires with a .272/.317/.390 career batting line, 123 home runs and 216 stolen bases. Baseball-Reference pegs his career wins above replacement at 18.3 and his career earnings at $51.7MM.

43 Responses to Orlando Cabrera To Retire Leave a Reply

  1. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Red Sox fans will always love you.

  2. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Always liked him alot. He’s a fun energetic player and a blast to watch play. Have a good retirement O-Cab!!

  3. leachim2 4 years ago

    Congrats Orlando.

  4. Erik Christensen 4 years ago

    I HATED this guy when he played against the Mets.

    Usually, that’s the sign of someone I would have LOVED to see wearing a Mets jersey.

    Hope he enjoys his retirement. :-)

  5. theobi11111 4 years ago

    Loved him in Cincinnati. Great career, great guy.

  6. 95isOver 4 years ago

    2.8 Million per WAR.  Not bad.

    • BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

      Yeah, I was just wondering about a stat column with $/win above replacement player.

  7. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I know this is stupid, but one of my favorite parts of his career was this past season when he was playing second, Asdrubal Cabrera was playing short, and Miguel Cabrera hit a double. This was followed by a mound visit and Orlando and Asdrubal both walked to second base. The camera to their backs then zoomed in to show each of their jerseys reading ‘Cabrera.’ Awesome.

  8. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Okay. I just typed an entire story involving him and disqus caught it because I started it with ‘I know this is a st(u)pid story, but…’ Seriously? We are not allowed to use the word st(u)pid? I tryed it with d(u)mb as well and it didn’t work.

    • redsx968 4 years ago

      SOPA attacks MLBTR

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        I’m sorry but the policing of this website is getting crazy. I get the no swearing rule on account of kids reading this, but the word ‘st(u)pid’ and ‘d(u)mb?’

        • Wes Whitenack 4 years ago

          Oh God, my innocent eyes are burning at the vulgarity!

  9. Also the first position player to play for every division in the league; 2nd to ever do so (Matt Herges was the first).

    I also remember him well for his comments after the 2004 trade (paraphrased): “Oh man, I got traded for Nomar? I think I’m good, but not that good!”

    • Bonesaw McGraw 4 years ago

      Doug Mientkiewicz said that, not Cabrera.

      So I wouldn’t call it remembering “well.”

  10. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    I was looking at the similar batters stat on Baseball Reference and thought it was pretty cool that he was compared to Pee Wee Reese.  He was fun to watch and he’ll definitely be missed in the game.  Enjoy retirement Orlando.   

  11. jwsox 4 years ago

    officials scorers around the league just all sighed at the same time 

  12. BrocNessMonster 4 years ago

    About $3MM per win. Makes wonder if we could get a stat that shows value, $/win above replacenent. Would ve interesting to look at.

  13. Brian sabean is crushed.

    • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

      i heard last week sabes was still working on trying to lock him up through his “prime years”

  14. Gumby65 4 years ago

    “But he was so young….”
    -Jamie Moyer

  15. 0vercast 4 years ago

    I won’t soon forget his game tying HR in Game 163 in 2009 vs. the Tigers in the Metrodome.  It was the loudest moment I have ever experienced at a sporting event.  So loud that it literally damaged my ears and left them ringing until I went to sleep that night.

  16. BurtisHB 4 years ago

    Had lunch a few times with OC at Houstons in Irvine, Ca.  Great guy!  Wish him the best after his career.

  17. Seriously underrated player..  Not HOF level but the guy had D, swag, and clutch to his credit…. O C BABY

  18. Rashomon 4 years ago

    Congrats Orlando. We’ll always have Game 163!

  19. Karkat 4 years ago

    Critical piece to the 2004 team. Always was sad that the Red Sox never re-signed him and went with (ugh) Renteria instead. Hats off to you, Orlando.

    • Tyler Jedrzejak 4 years ago

      BUT then Renteria went to the braves and was pretty freakin’ solid

  20. Devon Henry 4 years ago

    Not OC!!!!!!

  21. vtadave 4 years ago

    Shoot, now what do I do?

    – N. Colletti

  22. Paul Shailor 4 years ago

    Lasted in the big leagues for over a decade, won a ring, and made 51mil. Sounds like he had a pretty sweet life so far, enjoy retirement.

  23. O.C was a good player, hope he enjoys retirement

  24. I really thought the Tigers would pick him up to platoon with Santiago at second…what a bummer :(

  25. onlysfrepub 4 years ago

    His time with the Giants last year was memorable. I really enjoyed the Orlando Cabrera Bobble-Glove nights.

  26. My favorite memory of O-Cab was helping the Twins win the Central Division in game 163 the year he played with the club.  After the game, he went nuts – bowing to the crowd and running around the stadium having a great time! That was fun to see!

    • $1742854 4 years ago

      Agreed, O Cab was a great spark plug for that improbable run to the AL Central title.

  27. no more cabrera-renteria fights? Thats a shame, they made for a good ol Colombian rivalry.

  28. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Forever will be remembered for getting traded with Nomar 

  29. Rashomon 4 years ago

    I nominate him for Twins Bench Coach. Sorry Scotty!

  30. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I know. That’s my point.

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