Matt Stairs calling it quits: Report
By QMI Agency
|Matt Stairs strikes against the Pirates at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2011. (ROB CARR/Getty Images/AFP)
After 19 seasons playing for 13 different teams, Saint John, N.B., native Matt Stairs is retiring from Major League Baseball.
The 43-year-old slugger made his intentions known to the CBC in an interview on Wednesday.
"I'm not sad. I had a great career, a long career," Stairs said. "And it's one of those things where I can walk away today and not be sad about it."
Stairs was released by the Washington Nationals on Monday after compiling a .154 batting average and two RBI in 65 at-bats this season.
Stairs has a career batting average of .262 along with 899 RBI and 265 home runs.
He won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. He also owns the MLB record for most pinch-hit home runs with 21, a mark he set as a member of the San Diego Padres in 2010.
Stairs also spent time playing with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays.