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Sunday, 03 November 2013 21:24

Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Joey Gathright Retires

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According to a source of CLNS Radio Cody MacLeod, a freelance writer who talked directly with Joey Gathright, he has retired from professional baseball.

  Gathright, known for his speed and lack of power played for the Red Sox for a total of 24 games in 2009 and 2011 as a pinch runner. Gathright was also on the ALDS roster for the Red Sox in 2009 appearing in 1 game, stealing a base and scoring a run. His most productive season however came in 2006 split between Tampa Bay and Kansas City where he swiped 22 bags in 31 attempts, had a .321 OBP, and hit his sole Major League homerun.

  The 32-year-old outfielder spent the 2013 season with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association, an independent league team where he had a .389 OBP in 55 games as well as a perfect 10 steals in 10 attempts. He has not appeared in a Major League game since 2011, his last game was the final one of the season, a game in which he pinch ran for David Ortiz.

 Gathright's retirement is not surprising because he is getting up there in age and has been on the decline for the past 5 years. Hopefully he enjoys his retirement and considers coaching at some point in the future.