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Chris Iannetta retires after Yankees send catcher to alternate site

Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta retired from baseball after 14 major-league seasons, he told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Saturday.

Iannetta was in the New York Yankees organization on a minor-league contract. He made the team out of summer camp, but the Yankees designated him for assignment earlier this month before he got into a game. The 37-year-old was placed on the restricted list Friday after not reporting to their alternate training site.

“If I didn’t make the team out of spring, I was going to call it a career. They knew that the whole time,” Iannetta told Rosenthal. “That’s kind of what transpired when they took me off the roster and wanted me to go to Scranton. I was like, no. I wasn’t about to hang on or sit around and wait for someone to get hurt or get called up again. I’ve never wished anyone to get hurt in my entire career, and I wasn’t about to start now.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2020 at 10:57 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: August 09, 2020 at 02:54 PM (#5968631)
He can devote all his time to making wine.

Iannetta was always very laid back, didn't throw his helmet after striking out, that sort of thing. Between that and being low average guy, fans were frequently frustrated with him. It seemed most Rockies fans preferred a guy like Yorvit Torrealba.

Ianetta is #1 in career WAR on the Rockies' all time WAR list among catchers, and 17th overall. With 7.0.
   2. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 09, 2020 at 04:50 PM (#5968649)
He could take a walk, and I always expected a breakout season that never came. Fifteen years is a nice career, though.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 09, 2020 at 04:51 PM (#5968650)
Another story on his retirement refers to him as "Rockies catching legend Iannetta".

Well, it's pretty legendary to hit under .200 whilst playing half your games in Coors Field, as Iannetta did in 2010 (one of only three players to do so [min 200 PA])...
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 09, 2020 at 06:00 PM (#5968662)
Iannetta was always very laid back, didn't throw his helmet after striking out, that sort of thing. Between that and being low average guy, fans were frequently frustrated with him. It seemed most Rockies fans preferred a guy like Yorvit Torrealba.

I found Iannetta to be extremely likable, and I'm pretty sure at some point in 2008 I called him the best catcher in baseball. The Rox seem to prefer guys who do throw their helmets after striking out (see also Dexter Fowler). I was disappointed but not surprised when they traded him for future Cubs whipping boy Tyler Chatwood, although that turned out to be a very good trade for the Rockies.

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