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Clete Thomas Leaves Hole In Outfield After Announcing Retirement

It looks like one at bat was enough.  Clete didn’t make himself available for comment, but after belting a double in his only major league at bat, the young outfielder has announced his retirement.  He’ll end his career with an impressive 1.000/1.000/2.000 line but now it looks like the Tigers will have to move on after the announcement.

My guess is, Timo Perez will get called up to take Thomas’ spot.  Brent Clevlen is also an option as well as Freddy Guzman.  It’s a strange start to a strange day so be sure to mark your calendar (no really, mark your calendar).

Well played, Mr. Borawski. You have courage that I lack on this most foolish of days.

Posted by Ian C. on April 1st, 2008 at 8:31 am

Wow! they get worse every year Brian

Posted by Darryl on April 1st, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Ha-ha. But, that got me thinking – how many players really did have that line over a career? Since I don’t subscribe to Baseball-Reference.com I couldn’t pull down the full report of who has a 1.000 BA over a career but, interestingly, pitcher Esteban Yan had an even better line over his 11-year career. He had two official at-bats. One resulted in a home run on 4 June 2000 with the Rays – his first pitch ever, off Bobby Jones of the Mets. in the other, he got a single in 2003 when he was with the Cards, so his career line is 1.000/1.000/2.500 – unless the O’s call him up from Norfolk sometime this year and ask him to hit.

Posted by FiestaTiger on April 1st, 2008 at 8:59 pm

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