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MLB veteran Skip Schumaker retires

MLB veteran utility player Skip Schumaker has retired from professional baseball.
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MLB veteran utility player Skip Schumaker has retired from professional baseball, the San Diego Padres announced Wednesday.

The decision comes one month after Schumaker, 36, signed a minor league deal with the Padres before going 0 for 8 in his spring training plate appearances this month.

“His career was lived with class and dignity,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He led by example and I have nothing but respect for him.”

Schumaker, who made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 2005, spent eight seasons in St. Louis before playing one year with the Los Angeles Dodgers and two with the Cincinnati Reds.

For his career, Schumaker, a second baseman and outfielder, batted .278 with 28 home runs and 284 RBIs. 

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He was a World Series champion with the Cardinals in 2011.