A long time Cardinal is putting away his bat and glove for the final time.
Yesterday, longtime Cardinals utility man Skip Schumaker announced that he is retiring, at the age of 36. This offseason, he signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres, but, a few games into the Spring Training schedule, he has decided that it is time for him to hang up his cleats.
Congratulations to Skip Schumaker on an excellent MLB career! We tip our caps to you, Skip! pic.twitter.com/CdncJAZmxD
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 9, 2016
Many Cardinals’ fans will remember Schumaker for his unselfish, yet significant contributions to the 2011 championship team. He was drafted in the 2001 MLB draft by St. Louis and gave great value for a 5th round pick. As a member of the Cardinals from 2005 to 2012, Schumaker played all three outfield positions and second base. He even made an appearance as a pitcher and struck out two batters in an inning of work.
Schumaker is best known for his above average defense and his strong arm. He is also a very effective lead off hitter, a role he played for the Cardinals for many years. He will retire a career .278 hitter with 28 homeruns. He also has an impressive .337 OBP. On the defensive end, he only had 14 total errors in his 11-year career.
Most famously, Schumaker will be remembered for his clutch hitting in the 2011 playoffs, the year the Cardinals won the World Series a well as his role in bringing the lore of the rally squirrel to life. He had a great NLDS series against the Philadelphia Phillies, in which he drove in the only run in a 1-0 game 5 victory. In that series, he batted .600 and had 3 crucial RBIs.
Skip Schumaker is retiring from baseball. Thank you for all the memories, Skip! 2011 World Series Champion! pic.twitter.com/vTuPzmbepG
— Cards Nation (@CardsNation13) March 9, 2016
After leaving the Cardinals, Schumaker also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.
Schumaker was the definition of a journeyman. Though never the best player on any team he played for, he was dependable and consistent. He was the glue guy that helped a lot of the Cardinals team be successful. Truly a remarkable career.