Former Red Sox Shortstop Orlando Cabrera Retires After 15 MLB Seasons


January 19, 2012

Former Red Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera announced his retirement on a radio show in his home country of Colombia on Wednesday after 15 MLB seasons.

Cabrera will be forever known by Sox fans as the man who replaced Nomar Garciaparra after being acquired from the Montreal Expos in a four-team deal in the final moments before the 2004 trade deadline. While Garciaparra was shipped to the Chicago Cubs, Cabrera helped the Red Sox win their first World Series title in 86 years that season.

While playing in 58 games for Boston in 2004, Cabrera hit .294 with six home runs and 31 RBIs. He batted .288 during the 2004 postseason. After not re-signing with the Red Sox prior to the 2005 season, Cabrera went on to play for the Angels, White Sox, A's, Twins, Reds, Indians and Giants before calling it quits.

Cabrera was a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, receiving the award in 2001 with Montreal  and in 2007 with the Angels. He played in more than 1,900 games during his career, finishing with a .272 career average, 2,055 hits, 123 home runs, 854 RBI and 216 stolen bases.

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