Orlando Cabrera Retires

One of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Shorebirds called it a career yesterday.  15-year MLB veteran Orlando Cabrera retired yesterday. 

How many of you remember Cabrera on that 1996 Shorebirds team (Montreal Expos)? Just from being around this city/ballpark over the last three years, I can tell you that people have fond memories of him.

In 1996, he played in 134 games for the Shorebirds and batted .252 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs.  He also stole 51 bases.  I can say with certainty that it was his best minor league season by far. 

Cabrera went onto play in 1,985 games in the major leagues for nine different franchises (Montreal, Boston, Angels, White Sox, Athletics, Twins, Reds, Indians, Giants).  In 2011, Cabrera played in 91 games for the Indians and played his final 39 games in a San Francisco Giants uniform.  

Here are some of his other big league numbers…

  • 2,055 hits
  • 123 home runs
  • 459 doubles
  • 854 RBI
  • 216 SB

Don’t forget that Cabrera helped the Red Sox win a World Series Title in 2004 when Nomar Garciaparra was dealt to the Cubs.  He played in 59 games that season.

Who wants to see Cabrera make an appearance at Perdue Stadium this summer??

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