Monday, February 20, 2012
Mike Cameron Retires
The anti-climactic end to his career was unrepresentative of his brilliance as an athlete. An unlikely star, Cameron was drafted in the 18th round out of high school by the Chicago White Sox. He was a toolsy prospect and not much more than something to dream on. During his career, Cameron was traded once for Paul Konerko and again for Ken Griffey Jr. On May 2, 2002 he tied a major league record by hitting four home runs in one game. He was a one time all-star, won two golden gloves with the Mariners and another with the Padres. He accumulated exactly 1,700 hits with 278 home runs over 1,955 games.
All the precise analysis and statistics considered, Mike Cameron may best recalled for his intangible and more human elements. Always eager to dispel his years of knowledge, he's been acclaimed by teammates throughout his career as an anchor of team leadership. Shortly after he announced his retirement, former Brewers relief pitcher tweeted "best teammate ever!". The attitude around the internet recalled sentiments similar to the homages that were paid to Gary Carter immediately after his passing. Excellent player, even better person.
Congratulations on your retirement Mike. Today, I untuck my shirt for you.