Mariners' Gerut retires at 33

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Peoria, AZ (Sports Network) - Jody Gerut announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Sunday.

Gerut was signed to a minor league contract by the Seattle Mariners in the off-season and had a "legitimate shot to make this team," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said on Sunday.

But the 33-year-old outfielder decided to call it quits despite physically being able to play.

"Physically I'm fine. But mentally my reasons for wanting to be in uniform have become so thin and narrow that I refuse to disrespect the game that has provided so generously for my family by playing it in a halfhearted way," Gerut said. "This game of ours owes me nothing, but I owe the game at least that much. When a player finds his willingness to compete to be so greatly diminished, that player must leave the game so as not to disrespect it by becoming a player who plays solely for his paycheck and his own personal glory."

Gerut was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 1998 draft and broke into the big leagues in 2003 with the Indians. The Stanford product also had stints with the Cubs, Pirates, Padres and Brewers. He played 32 games for Milwaukee last season and hit just .197 with two home runs and eight runs batted in.

Over 574 career games, Gerut batted .262 with a .325 on-base percentage, 59 home runs and 226 RBI.


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