Ausmus announces retirement

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, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

LOS ANGELES, CA - Brad Ausmus announced his retirement on Sunday after 18 seasons in the major leagues.

Ausmus, 41, spent the past two years with the Dodgers and hit the disabled list for the first time in his long career with a pinched nerve in his lower back in April. He returned in July and wound up playing in 21 games this season.

"While the majority of his career was played in uniforms other than the Dodgers, his presence and positive impact on the team and the organization are greatly appreciated," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "His talent, thought process, wit and candor will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him as a teammate and a friend during his 18 years in the major leagues."

The three-time Gold Glove winner had stints with four teams, including the Padres (1993-96), the Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), and most notably the Astros (1997-98, 2001-08).

He hit .251 with 80 home runs and 607 RBI in 1,971 games. He was the backstop in 1,938 of those, good for seventh on the all-time list.


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