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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Eric Chavez retires after battling knee injury

By on 7/31/2014 10:45:00 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez has decided to retire after another injury-plagued season. Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports tweeted the news on Thursday afternoon:
Chavez had not played since June 8th, and last started a game on June 1st. He landed on the DL after that June 8th appearance but in reality had been dealing with the knee discomfort since spring training.

The announcement brings a distinguished 17-year major league career to an end, during which Chavez hit 318 doubles, 260 home runs and posted a .268/.342/.475 line. Batting from the left side of the plate, Chavez was particularly adept at hitting right-handed pitching, with a career .818 OPS against righties. He received MVP votes in four consecutive years, from 2002 to 2005, and won a Gold Glove in six consecutive, starting in 2001. A lull in his later years with the A's looked like signalling the end of his time in the majors, but he had a revival with the Yankees and then Diamondbacks, holding a 123 OPS+ since the start of 2012.

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