We are living in a very different world than our fathers knew. Back in the day, when a ballplayer retired, he called a press conference or just sent out a press release. Or didn’t even bother announcing it but just packed up his stuff and went fishing.
Now ballplayers have all sorts of different outlets. Matt Diaz took to his own blog in order to announce that he is retiring from baseball at age 35.
“This is a blog that I’ve known for a while I was going to write. I just didn’t officially decide to write it until last night. I’m moving on in my life from playing baseball,” Diaz posted on mattediaz.blogspot.com (don’t shell out the ten bucks for the custom domain or anything Matt).
“Notice, I didn’t say, I was done with baseball! How could anyone who loves the game ever “be done.” And certainly I love the game! I love the way it taught me to fail and get over it,” Diaz went on. “I love the way it helped me become the man I am today. I love the way it’s provided for me and my family. There’s so much to love about this game. I just don’t love playing it anymore, and that’s how I know it’s time to not pursue a job playing this year.”
Diaz hangs it up after 11 seasons as a nice platoon player with left handed pop. His high mark for BA was .338 in 2007 with Atlanta. His best RBI year was 2009 when he knocked in 58 for the Braves. He only got into 10 games his final season, which he spent in Miami, hitting just .167 in 18 at bats.
Playing for the Marlins will definitely knock the love of baseball out of a guy. Good luck Matt Diaz.