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Monday, May 09, 2022

Gerardo Parra Retires

After 12 Major League seasons, Gerardo Parra has decided to retire, as reported by’s Dan Kolko during today’s broadcast.  Parra will move into a new role as a special assistant in the Nationals front office.

Parra (who celebrated his 35th birthday two days ago) had signed a minor league deal with the Nats in Spring Training, but opted against a Triple-A assignment after not making the Opening Day roster.  He’ll now call it a career after 1519 MLB games spread over 12 seasons with the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Orioles, Rockies, Giants, and Nationals, plus 47 games with NPB’s Yomiuri Giants in 2020.  For his big league career, Parra batted .275/.322/.403 with 90 home runs over 5290 plate appearances.

An international signing for the D’Backs in 2004, Parra played his first five-plus MLB seasons in Arizona, establishing himself as one of the game’s best defensive outfielders.  Parra won two Gold Gloves and a Fielding Bible Award during his time with the D’Backs, and also showed some occasional pop at the plate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 09, 2022 at 12:16 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 09, 2022 at 10:44 AM (#6075857)
He’ll always get a big hand in Washington, D.C. for his Baby Shark surge during the Nationals World Series year. Fun while it lasted.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 09, 2022 at 11:04 AM (#6075860)
Parra was a legitimately excellent defensive outfielder but, since he never walked and had little power, marginal as a hitter unless he managed to clear .300. That's pretty much the definition of a fourth outfielder, and I suppose it's to Parra's credit that he managed to parlay that into 1500 major league games. Me, I couldn't stand him.

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