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Saturday, 01 March 2014 02:41

Former Boston Red Sox IF Drew Sutton retires

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Drew Sutton fulfilled a valuable role in a small sample size for the Boston Red Sox in 2011 but now three years later has decided to retire at the age of 30 after 11 seasons in baseball.

Sutton spent the 2011 and 2013 campaigns with the Red Sox organization playing multiple positions. In 2013, he just .245 2 HRs 45 RBIs in 102 games for Triple-A Pawtucket  after hitting .295 with Pawsox in 2011. While playing for Terry Francona in 2011, Sutton batted .315 with seven RBIs including seven of his 17 hits being for extra bases.

Leadership was one of the biggest qualities Sutton brought to the Pawsox last season with a clubhouse full of young players and prospects. He was able to play multiple infield and outfield positions for manager Gary DiSarcina. Offensively, his best months of 2013 came in April hitting .272 but in July managed to hit .306 going 22 for 72 with nine double and eight RBIs in 20 games.

His final professional game came on September 8 in Pawtucket's 3-0 playoff win vs. Rochester as a defensive replacement at first base for Mark Hamilton. Sutton ended his career hitting .256 in 123 major league games between the Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates.