Mark Kotsay to retire after 2013 season
"I know this is a good time physically and mentally for me to retire . . . these are my last games as a player," Kotsay said.
Kotsay, 37, began his career in 1997 with the then-Florida Marlins. Since his first call-up, he has played in over 1900 career games and hit .276/.332/.405 with 127 home runs, 720 RBI, and 353 doubles. Kotsay has spent the last two seasons with the Padres, the team he also played for from 2001-2003.
"The back definitely caused an interruption at the peak years of my career," he told the Union-Tribune. "The second surgery took away my ability to play every day. After that, I was done being an every-day center fielder or outfielder."
Kotsay had his best season in 2004, his first with the Oakland Athletics. In 148 games that year, he hit .314/.370/.459 and clubbed 15 homers. He finished 14th in the American League MVP race that year.
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