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Saturday, July 20, 2002

2 Retirements

C Eddie Taubensee and SS Gary DiSarcina have officially retired.

DiSarcina, 34, ends his 12-year MLB career at 258/292/341 over 3744 at-bats in 1086 games.  In his best season, 1995, DiSarcina hit 307/344/459 with good defense to lead the Angels.  Unfortunately, it was spoiled by injury.  DiSar placed 8th in the AL in triples that year and was an All-Star.

Eddie Taubensee, 33, ends his 11-year MLB career at 273/331/430 over 2874 at-bats in 975 games.  Taubensee, a swanky lefty platoon catcher and occasionally better, had been slowed by injuries over the last few years with his worsening back condition responsible for his ultimate retirement.  In his best season, 1999, Taubensee took the primary load at catcher for the Reds, helping them to a 96-67 season and hitting 311/354/521.  Taubensee was traded to the Indians for Jim Brower and Rob Pugmire after back surgery ended his 2000 season and never really became a part of the Indians due to the back problems and a liver infection.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 20, 2002 at 01:41 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Repoz Posted: July 20, 2002 at 04:56 AM (#557794)
I've read where DiSarcina would like to go into coaching.....what I would like to know, is there a DL for coachs and if so what is the standing record for times on the DL without actually doing any coaching?
   2. Shredder Posted: July 21, 2002 at 01:55 AM (#557796)
Say what you will about DiSar, and many here have, but he was the glue that held that '95 team together. When he went down, it was over. No, that can't be measured by statistics, so if anyone was paying attention to this thread, I'm sure I'd be shouted down, but he gave them good production out the nine spot, was under-rated defensively, and was the vocal leader of that team.

As for the whole Edmonds thing, that has been debated here before. I still have a hard time believing that he was the only one in the clubhouse that felt that way. If he was, there was sure no mad rush to the microphone by the rest of those guys to bad mouth the trade or DiSarcina. And he's certainly not the one that was negotiating with the Cards, so to lay everything about that trade on him is pretty unfair in my opinion. I think its a bit silly to hold a grudge against DiSarcina for a trade that management made. Its not as if we're talking about Wayne Gretzky running the Kings from the clubhouse (I mean, really, Charlie freakin Huddy?).
   3. Bob T Posted: July 21, 2002 at 06:32 AM (#557797)
DiSarcina was popular with the press which is probably why his opinions about Edmonds were so widely known.

But I've got to think that Shredder is in hog heaven after the last two Angels win over the M's.
   4. Shredder Posted: July 22, 2002 at 03:06 AM (#557798)
Well, I am a little excited right now, Bob.

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