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Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin retires after 15 seasons

Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin is retiring from MLB after 15 seasons, he announced on social media Monday.

Maybin, 34, has played for 11 different teams in his career. He won a World Series with the Houston Astros in 2017 after being acquired off waivers one month before the postseason.

In Game 2 of the 2017 World Series, Maybin singled and stole second as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning before scoring on a go-ahead home run from George Springer that helped seal the win.

“Although my journey as a professional baseball player ends here with the announcement of my retirement, my work in this game is just getting started,” Maybin said in a statement. “I’m excited for what lies ahead, including my work with the Players Alliance in our effort to provide access and opportunity for the next generation of Black ballplayers.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2022 at 09:32 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: January 04, 2022 at 10:49 AM (#6059570)
An interesting career. Delivered 7 of his 13 WAR in two seasons and then managed to hang on for 10 more years earning $39 million along the way. He got over the magic 10 year line for a full pension. Also played for ten teams.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: January 04, 2022 at 11:00 AM (#6059572)
Also played for ten teams.

You are correct, ESPN is not. He was with the Giants org, but never played for them.
   3. catomi01 Posted: January 04, 2022 at 12:17 PM (#6059584)
Signs I'm getting old...guys who debuted after I graduated from college are now retiring...
   4. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 04, 2022 at 12:23 PM (#6059587)
Lots of teams and a few interesting trades. He was one of the big gets when Miami traded Miggy and Dontrelle to Detroit. Several years later he was part of the package San Diego gave up for Upton and Kimbrel.
   5. Jack Sommers Posted: January 04, 2022 at 12:51 PM (#6059591)
One of those rare players who's reverse splits held up for entire career

EDIT: Obviously in smaller sample sizes not that rare, or with smaller gaps. But 47 points or more reverse spread in OPS over 4000 PA not all that common

Split      G   PA   AB   R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS HBP BAbip
vs RHP   995 2991 2679 405 690 119 25 56 268 263 650 .258 .328 .383 .711  22  .319
vs LHP   561 1260 1145 151 283  54  9 16  86 105 271 .247 .312 .352 .664   4  .310 

Provided by View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2022.
   6. Jack Sommers Posted: January 04, 2022 at 01:07 PM (#6059593)

In Cumulative Seasons, In the Regular Season, from 1961 to 2021, Bats RH, vs RHP (within Platoon Splits), requiring Plate Appearances >= 2000, sorted by greatest On-Base Plus Slugging.

Maybin has the 9th biggest difference among 623 RHB in the report between overall OPS minus OPS vs RHP . Check out who is #2

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For anyone wondering, there are only two LEFT HAND batters since 1961 to have reverse split OPS with over 1000 PA in the split

Ichiro and Kelly Johnson

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   7. salvomania Posted: January 04, 2022 at 01:15 PM (#6059594)
For some reason, despite not following Cameron Maybin's career all that closely, I recalled him hitting a homer off some ace pitcher in one of his first---maybe his first?--game after being called up to MLB.

Turns out it was his second career game Aug. 18 2007, at Yankee Stadium vs. Roger Clemens, in the 5th inning of a game the Tigers would lose to the Yankees, 5-2.

Maybin, 20 at the time, had spent about a week in AA, hitting four home runs after being promoted from High A, where he'd also hit very well. He was the no.10 overall pick in the 2005 draft, and I recall that his was one of those names that people were aware of when he debuted, which is maybe why I remember there being some added attention to the homer he hit off of Clemens.

   8. Jack Sommers Posted: January 04, 2022 at 01:17 PM (#6059595)
Maybin was often compared to Justin Upton and a lot of people thought he was the better prospect.

From 2007 top 50 prospect list

1. Delmon Young, OF, TB
2. Alex Gordon, 3B, KC
3. Homer Bailey, RHP, CIN
4. Phil Hughes, RHP, NYY
5. Brandon Wood, SS, LAA
6. Cameron Maybin, OF, DET
7. Justin Upton, SS, ARI
8. Jay Bruce, OF, CIN
9. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
10 .Yovani Gallardo, RHP, MIL

Baseball America had Maybin #6 and Upton # 9. Link

   9. Walt Davis Posted: January 04, 2022 at 02:30 PM (#6059613)
If you were wondering ike me: That was Tulo's age 22 season and he'd already had a MLB cup of coffee. Always interesting that the guy with the potential HoF talent is #9 in a list. It's not a bad list as these things go -- Wood is really the only total bust. Young managed to hold on for 4400 PA and positive WAR at least; Bailey ended up with 5.5 WAR. Upton and Gordon ended up with about the same WAR (assuming Justin doesn't have a major renaissance).
   10. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: January 04, 2022 at 05:03 PM (#6059640)
I was at the game where he homered off of Clemens, and got his first hit. I’ve always rooted for Maybin since. Clemens got his 1000th strikeout as a Yankee, and Rivera got a save.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: January 04, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6059673)
not quite Ted Williams 1960, but Maybin was 0 for 26 for the Mets last year with 12 K before an "epic" final game of his career:

Single to 3B (Ground Ball to Weak 3B, per BB-Ref)

so he got a hit in his final official at-bat!
   12. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: January 05, 2022 at 12:18 AM (#6059684)
For some reason, despite not following Cameron Maybin's career all that closely, I recalled him hitting a homer off some ace pitcher in one of his first---maybe his first?--game after being called up to MLB.

Turns out it was his second career game Aug. 18 2007, at Yankee Stadium vs. Roger Clemens, in the 5th inning of a game the Tigers would lose to the Yankees, 5-2.

I recall Maybin wearing braces at the time and hitting this off the end of the bat. So I was convinced he would be a star.
   13. Ron J Posted: January 05, 2022 at 08:26 AM (#6059697)
Maybin's an interesting mix of career length and ... cromulence I guess. He spent a lot of time being the guy teams settled on after plan A or perhaps plan B didn't pan out. A regular 3 times. A good regular once but a decent stopgap often enough.

I thought he'd be better too.
   14. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: January 05, 2022 at 11:30 AM (#6059714)
I remember Maybin as being a guy in the Miggy trade and as being one of the cavalcade of decent to good outfielders who came to the Angels during the Mike Trout years and was disappointing. The list is long, but distinguished, and to be honest, Maybin is one of the least disappointing on it. He seemed like a good guy.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 05, 2022 at 04:46 PM (#6059781)
He seemed like a good guy.

I got the same impression when the Mariners picked him up for the last half of the 2018 season. He didn't do that well for them, but he seemed an easy guy to root for.
   16. jingoist Posted: January 05, 2022 at 05:20 PM (#6059797)
It seems he liked Detroit as he played there in 3 different instances.
Can’t say I felt the same, but the new Tiger stadium is real jewel to see a game.
And who can sneeze at $39M for a guy who was a regular about 1/3 of his career.
If he managed to keep 10% of that $39M he will have a nice retirement.
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 05, 2022 at 06:13 PM (#6059809)
Maybin could really move on the basepaths. He never lived up to his top-10 prospect hype but he was exciting to watch.

He also had this weird thing he did with his right arm when he was sprinting around the bases — holding it out, bent at the elbow, and kind of flapping it like a wing. It was very distinctive but I can’t seem to find a video of him doing it.
   18. sotapop Posted: January 07, 2022 at 04:50 PM (#6060200)
If you click through to the story, there's an image from his Twitter feed that's got an adorable photo of him from PeeWee ball or something, plus a lovely farewell message. He notes he's going to stay in baseball,working with the Players Alliance on access and opportunity for Black ballplayers.

sounds like a good guy who's had a nice career in a game he loves. can't ask for much more than that. wishing him well.

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