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3.22.2008

Happy Trails, Javy!

After an entire day of speculation on whether Javy Lopez would retire after being reassigned to the Atlanta Braves’ minor league camp, he is indeed calling it a career.

The 38-year-old catcher, vying to become Brian McCann's backup, hit just .188 this Spring. Lopez opted for retirement, saying his body felt strong but he was not at all satisfied with his hitting or total lack of precision in throwing out baserunners.

Lopez kicked off his career with the Braves in 1992 before joining the Baltimore Orioles 12 years later. He played there until heading to Boston for 18 games last season, totalling a 15-year career, highlighted by three All-Star appearances. Javy will go into the books as a .287 hitter with 260 homers and 864 RBIs.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] | [Braves Journal] | []


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