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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Gordon Beckham Announces Retirement

Former big league second baseman Gordon Beckham announced his retirement this evening (via Twitter). “Since my good friend Buster Posey decided to retire this year, I am officially announcing I will be retiring as well. I want to make sure we get into the Hall of Fame the same year. Start the countdown!!,” Beckham wrote in a tongue-in-cheek statement.

Selected by the White Sox with the eighth overall pick in 2008 coming out of the University of Georgia, Beckham entered pro ball as a very highly-touted prospect. Baseball America ranked him the game’s #20 overall farmhand entering the 2009 campaign, with that offseason counting as his only one with prospect eligibility. That’s because the righty-hitting infielder spent barely any time in the minor leagues, reaching the big leagues after just 59 games on the farm.

Beckham, now 35, debuted in June 2009 and was essentially pencilled into the White Sox’s everyday lineup from that point forward. He hit .270/.347/.460 with 14 home runs across 430 plate appearances in his age-22 campaign, finishing fifth in that season’s AL Rookie of the Year balloting. Beckham would spend the next few seasons manning the keystone in the South Side of Chicago, but he never recaptured the above-average offensive form he’d shown during his debut season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2022 at 02:09 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Itchy Row Posted: January 27, 2022 at 03:09 PM (#6062764)
Possibly the best Beckham selected out of a school in Georgia in the 2008 MLB draft.
   2. The Duke Posted: January 27, 2022 at 03:43 PM (#6062773)
Is this the British footballer? I thought he was retired
   3. Sweatpants Posted: January 27, 2022 at 03:45 PM (#6062774)
I most remember him for the botched pop-up that sent Hawk Harrelson into fuming silence.

"Gillaspie, and now Beckham, and we find another way."
   4. Russ Posted: January 28, 2022 at 11:37 AM (#6062868)
That clip is amazing.
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 28, 2022 at 03:45 PM (#6062921)
Never lived up to what it looked like he could be in that first season. But hey, he played 11 years and made a few million bucks. There are worse way to spend your early adulthood.
   6. villageidiom Posted: January 28, 2022 at 05:26 PM (#6062938)
He was just waiting for the Hall of Fame ballot backlog to clear.
   7. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: January 29, 2022 at 12:49 PM (#6062997)
More homers than Eddie Collins and more hits than Pedro Martinez. Let him in!
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 29, 2022 at 01:56 PM (#6063003)

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