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Chavez retires

 PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) infielder Eric Chavez announced his retirement following a distinguished 17-year Major League career.

Chavez will be available to media at a news conference tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. at Chase Field in the Interview Room.

Chavez, 36, was a 6-time American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award ® winner at third base from 2001-06 as well as the 2002 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award ® at third base. In 2002, he was named to The Sporting News AL All-Star Team and finished 14th in AL MVP voting, the first of 4 Top-30 AL MVP finishes.

His career .970 fielding percentage at third base is tied for third best all-time (min. 800 games) with Ken Reitz behind Mike Lowell (.974) and Brooks Robinson (.971), while his 6 Gold Gloves at third base are tied for fourth with Buddy Bell and Robin Ventura behind Brooks Robinson (16), Mike Schmidt (10) and Scott Rolen (7).

Among active third basemen entering today’s games (stats only at third), he ranked fourth in games (1,403), hits (1,367), doubles (290), triples (23), home runs (244) and walks (586), fifth in RBI (833), tied for sixth in slugging percentage (.482), seventh in OPS (.828), ninth in on-base percentage (.346) and 10th in average (.271).

His teams won 6 Division Titles (4 AL West championships with the Oakland Athletics [2000, ’02, ’03 and ’06] and 2 AL East championships with the New York Yankees [2011, ‘12]), were a Wild-Card qualifier once (A’s in 2001) and advanced to the ALCS in 2006 and 2012. He played in 34 games over 9 series in his 7 trips to the Postseason.

The left-handed hitting infielder spent 13 seasons with the Athletics from 1998-2010, 2 seasons with the Yankees from 2011-12 and 2 seasons with the D-backs from 2013-14. In 1,615 career regular-season games, he hit .268 (1,477-for-5,518) with 816 runs scored, 318 doubles, 24 triples, 260 home runs and 902 RBI. He owns a career .818 OPS with .342 on-base and .475 slugging percentages. Defensively, he appeared in 1,402 games at third base, 21 at first base, 5 at shortstop and 2 in left field.

Chavez spent 2 seasons in the Minors in 1997-98 and in 1998 was named the Baseball America and Topps’ Minor League Player of the Year after hitting a combined .327 (173-for-529) with 45 doubles, 33 home runs and 126 RBI in 135 games with Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Edmonton. He was the Athletics’ first-round selection and 10th overall pick in the 1996 First-Year Player Draft out of Mount Carmel High School (San Diego, Calif.), where he was a 2-time Baseball America High School All-American.

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? 6-time AL Gold Glove Award® winner (2001-06)…tied for the fourth-most all-time among third basemen.

? Played first 13 seasons with Oakland (1998-2010), the longest continuous tenure as an Athletic, and second-most overall behind Rickey Henderson (14).

? Won the 2002 AL Silver Slugger Award at third base.

? From 2000-06, ranked eighth in the AL with 199 home runs and tied for eighth with 660 RBI

? 1998 Baseball America and Topps Minor League Player of the Year.

? 34 games of Postseason experience.


? 900th career RBI on May 18 vs. Dodgers.


? .993 fielding percentage Led third basemen (min. 50 games) with (1 error).

? 1,500th career game played on April 17 @ Yankees.

? 250th career home run on April 22 @ Giants.

? Fifth career walk-off hit (single) on Aug. 31 vs. Giants.


? Hit back-to-back homers with Mark Teixeira on Aug. 9 @ Tigers, the first Yankees teammates to do so in the eighth inning or later on the road to tie the game and then take the lead since Aug. 24, 1955 @ Tigers (Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle).


? Did not commit an error in combined 99 total chances in 42 games at third base (33 starts) and 3 at first (2 starts).


? Made his 11th Opening Day start, tying Jimmy Dykes for second most in Athletics franchise history.


? Ninth straight Opening Day start tied an Oakland record.


? Seventh straight season with at least 20 doubles and 20 homers.

? Won sixth consecutive AL Gold Glove® Award at third base…led Majors and set an Oakland record by a third baseman with a .987 fielding percentage (5 errors in 391 total chances)…the .987 mark was the fourth-highest by a third baseman in AL history.

? Set a then-Oakland record with 65 consecutive errorless games by a third baseman from May 1-Aug. 4.

? 200th career home run on May 2 @ Angels.


? Won fifth straight AL Gold Glove Award at third base.

? Became second player in Athletics franchise history with 6 straight seasons with at least 25 home runs, joining Jimmie Foxx (1929-35).

? Named AL Player of the Week for May 30- June 5.

? 1,000th career hit in his 1,000th game on Aug. 31 @ Angels.


? Won fourth straight AL Gold Glove Award at third base.

? Led the AL in walks and tied for fifth in on-base percentage.


? Won third straight AL Gold Glove Award at third base.

? Led all AL third basemen in RBI and tied for first in home runs.

? Reached 100 RBI for the third consecutive season, 1 of 9 players in A’s history to accomplish that feat.


? Named to The Sporting News AL All-Star Team and received the AL Silver Slugger Award at third base after hitting .275 (161-for-585) with 31 doubles, a career-high 34 home runs and 109 RBI in 153 games with the A’s.

? Won second straight AL Gold Glove Award at third base.

? Tied for seventh in the AL in home runs and ranked ninth in RBI.

? Hit his 100th home run on Aug. 20 @ Indians.

? Earned AL Player of the Week honors for Aug. 19-25, hitting .367 with 4 home runs and 13 RBI.

? Played in the MLB All-Star Series in Japan following the season and batted .294 with 1 homer and 3 RBI.

POSTSEASON: Hit .381 (8-for-21) in the ALDS vs. Twins…hit safely in all 5 games…clubbed his first postseason home run in Game 2, a 3-run shot off Joe Mays.


? Won his first AL Gold Glove Award at third base after leading the league with a .972 fielding percentage.

? Led all AL third basemen in RBI and ranked second in home runs…set an A’s franchise record in doubles, home runs and RBI by a third baseman.

? Reached base safely in his final 31 regular season games.

? Named the AL Player of the Month for Sept. after hitting .370 with 8 home runs and 26 RBI.


? Compiled a career-high 15-game hitting streak from May 27-June 18 (.386, 22-for-57).

? Hit for the cycle on June 21 vs. Orioles, the first in the Oakland Coliseum’s history and eighth-youngest player in Major League history to do so (22 years, 197 days).

POSTSEASON: Hit .333 (7-for-21) with 4 RBI in the ALDS vs. Yankees…went 3-for-4 with a RBI in his postseason debut in Game 1.


? Made first Opening Day start at third base at 21 years, 119 days, the A’s youngest OD starter since Rickey Henderson in 1980.

? Hit first home run on May 15 vs. Twins (off LaTroy Hawkins).

? Started season as Baseball America’s No. 3 Prospect overall.


? Major League debut on Sept. 8 vs. Orioles (0-for-1).

? First hit on Sept. 9 vs. Orioles (single off Juan Guzman).

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