Edgar Renteria Considering Retirement

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, 36-year-old shortstop Edgar Renteria is leaning towards retiring this season. After hitting just .251/.306/.348 in 96 games with Cincinnati and receiving nothing but minor league offers this offseason, perhaps it isn’t surprising. If he indeed chooses to retire, it will be the end of a 16-year career spanning seven teams, two World Series championships and five all-star game appearances.

Renteria’s time as an effective regular has been over for a few years now, but from 2002 to 2007 the Colombian native carved out a fine peak between the Cardinals and Braves (with one disappointing year with the Red Sox thrown in). Over these six seasons Renteria posted a solid .303/.361/.434 line (good for a 107 wRC+ even in the tail end of the steroid era) while fielding a solid shortstop — consistently above average according to the dreaded metrics, Gold Glove worthy according to much-maligned voters. In all, Renteria put up a total of 23.7 WAR in those four years including his best season.

Following his time with the Braves, Renteria struggled to make an impact in Detroit and again in San Francisco. By his second season as a Giant, he was relegated to a bench role, playing in just 72 games despite hitting a respectable .276/.332/.374. The Giants would go on to win the NL West in 2010, and Renteria would initially serve a bench role on the postseason roster. First he went 2-for-2 in pinch-hitting roles in the NLDS victory over the Braves — his only two at-bats of the series. Then he earned four starts in the six-game NLCS against the Phillies, limping to a 1-for-17 series line.

But somehow, the greatest games and greatest moments of Renteria’s career were still to come. Then 35 years old, Renteria would earn the start in all five games of the Giants’ World Series victory over the Rangers, going 7-for-17 with two home runs — a three-run home run in the clinching Game Five represented the Giants’ only runs of the game — and earning the World Series MVP award.

Last season with Cincinnati, however, Renteria looked like a hitter struggling to deal with the effects of aging. In 333 plate appearances, he managed just a .291 wOBA despite the righty-friendly confines of Great American Ballpark. Particularly after his crowning World Series achievements in 2010, Renteria has little left to prove or accomplish in Major League Baseball. Renteria won’t be earning induction into the Hall-of-Fame five years nor twenty years down the road, but he leaves behind a fine legacy and some great moments nonetheless.



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channelclemente
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4 years 6 months ago

I will always remember Edgar turning on that high cut FB in Lee’s signature ‘teststerone’ moment. Mr. Lee, Bengie bought you books and bought you books, but all you did was eat the covers off. Next time listen to your catcher, doofus.

cookiedabookie
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cookiedabookie
4 years 6 months ago

I wonder if he is a few years older, given the fact he reached the majors at 19, and seems to be done at 33. It would make his career make a bit more sense. Still a very good SS, top 50 at the position all time.

cookiedabookie
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cookiedabookie
4 years 6 months ago

*35

cpebbles
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cpebbles
4 years 6 months ago

Actually, unless they finally changed it officially, it’s one of the worst-kept secrets in MLB that he’s a year younger than he was listed when he signed.

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Why do you call me Mr. Tibbs?
4 years 6 months ago

Some people (including me) believe that Renteria is not a top 2 overall shortstop. Honus Wagner was one of the best hitting players ever. Seriously! Just look up his stats! Also, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken are probably better than Renteria.

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Slartibartfast
4 years 6 months ago

You hurt my brain.

PiratesHurdles
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PiratesHurdles
4 years 6 months ago

“But somehow, the greatest games and greatest moments of Renteria’s career were still to come. Then 35 years old, Renteria..”

I don’t know about that, he had a pretty great moment with the fish in 1997. He really bookended his career with two shining moments on the big stage.

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Hurtlockertwo
4 years 6 months ago

As a Giants fan, I thank you Edgar.

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rob yontz
4 years 6 months ago

In his prime, Renteria was solid in every phase of the game. He could steal a base, hit the long ball, or simply tailor an at bat to the game situation. Not quite a HOFer but an outstanding big league career.

Jair Jarrkjens
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Jair Jarrkjens
4 years 6 months ago

I watched Renteria when he played for the Braves, and it’s hard for me to imagine him hitting .251. He had such a smooth inside-out swing – it looked like he could just lean over the plate and smack the ball into right field at will. He was fun to watch.

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4 years 6 months ago

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tz
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tz
4 years 6 months ago

I wonder where Renteria would rank in World Championship Probability Added, if there were such a stat?

Diego Quintana
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Diego Quintana
4 years 6 months ago

I followed his carrer since the beginning and I always was very proud of him as a colombian. He put Colombia´s name very high in the baseball field. I wished he had retired after hitting that homerun to win the WS and be the only player to have his lifetime last at bat as a hit to win the WS. That would have been great!!!! His last year was not worth it, he was not appreciated. Probably, he won´t go to the hall of fame but for sure he is the greatest colombian baseball player ever, at least until now!!!

Richard
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Richard
4 years 3 months ago

There is no doubt that Edgar Renteria will be remembered as one of the best shortstops in the league. May he deserved to have won a World Series with the Cardinals that is the team where the fans he still remembered with great real affection. God Bless him as a truly nice champion!!

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