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MLB News: Casey Blake Announces Retirement

Having not won a roster spot with the Colorado Rockies this past spring, former Cleveland Indians third baseman Casey Blake has opted to call it a career.

Blake tells the Des Moines Register that, while he has been dragging his feet through most of this year, while he had not announced it yet, he “knew in his heart” that he was done with the game of baseball.

“My wife (Abbie) has been telling people I’m retired, but I’ve kind of been giving her a look,” said Blake. […] I just decided to shut it down. And I’m okay with the decision.”

Blake, 38, has played parts of 13 seasons in the majors with five teams. Before landing an everyday job with the Indians at age 29, Blake played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins (twice) and the Baltimore Orioles. His best seasons were arguably as a member of the Tribe where he had five straight seasons of at least 17 home runs — including 28 in 2004 — before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for current Indians catcher Carlos Santana.

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  • Hitch

    I always thought he was under-rated in Cleveland.  While he didn’t put up All-Star numbers, he put up solid numbers and was our only releveant third baseman since Travis Fryman.  He played all over the field, he did whatever the team wanted and never complained about changing positions.

  • mgbode

    Thank you Mr. Blake for Carlos Santana.  He will play on in your memory.

  • Natedawg86

    He was one of my favorite players when in CLE.  Goes about his business as a professional and busts his butt.  Acta would say he is a “dirty player”

  • I liked him when he was here. Enjoy retired life Casey.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    There will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth in the Cleve tonight.  Farewell Casey… I’ll miss you and your sweet beard.

  • AlexMathews

    Casey was “a grinder”, which is why he was Eric Wedge’s favorite player, and also simultaneously the best and worst things about him.

    I will firmly look back on his time with the Tribe as “Casey Blake: He was pretty average.”

  • Hypno_Toad

    Journey on Mountain Man. 

    I remember that nice hit streak he had going for a while there in 2006 (I think?). Always a good guy and a team player. Oh yeah and that Carlos Santana thing isn’t too bad either.

  • oppie00

    Didn’t really start appreciating Casey Blake until very late in his Indians tenure. Like others have said, never was an all-star type player, but went out there everyday and did whatever the team needed. He helped to ease the 3B void that Andy Marte was never able to live up to and fill, plus his final contribution as an Indian was helping to bring in the future cornerstone that is Carlos Satana.

  • Harv 21

    Hope he has an easy transition after decades in pro sports. Start watching your pennies, Case, real life doesn’t come with a cash per diem in your locker every day.

    I think he’ll be remembered here similar to Brook Jaboby:  fairly competent, decent guy, hung around long enough to induce nostalgia in a few years.

  • Solid pro – class act.  Good work, Casey.  Enjoy your retirement.

  • kjn

    Loved Casey. Never understood how he became the goat in a series where we lost the final three 7-1, 12-2, and 11-2.

  • Steve

     Except he wasn’t ‘pretty average’ He put up about 15 WAR in a tribe uniform and 22 in his career. That’s well above average