Mike Cameron notified the Washington Nationals that he will be retiring, effectively ending his 17 seasons in major league baseball. Cameron was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1991, but made stops in; Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Seattle, San Diego, Milwaukee, Boston, Florida, and had signed a minor league deal with the Nationals prior to the start of this season.
Cameron was an All-Star in 2001, and won 3 Gold Gloves in center field over his career. For me, I will always remember when he hit 4-homers in one game. What was kind of ironic about that game, the home runs where in the ballpark where he started his career, Chicago’s Comiskey Park (may it rest in peace). He finished his career just shy of two major milestones, 278 career home-runs, and 968 RBI’s.
No one ever had anything bad to say about Cameron. The guy was the ultimate teammate and his glove was one of the best in the game during his prime. While his time in Milwaukee was nothiing terribly memorable, he gave us everything he had when he took the field. The guy still managed to hit 49 homers and drive in 140 runs, in a season and two-thirds (started tenure with Milwaukee on a 50-game suspension for…you know). That aside, he was one of the good guys. And who could ever forget that smile.
All good things must come to an end. Best of luck to Mike in all of his future endeavors. Once a Brewer, always a Brewer.