Eric Chavez, former Yankee infielder, announces retirement

Eric Chavez follows through on a two-run double Eric Chavez follows through on a two-run double against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 31, 2011. Photo Credit: AP

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PHOENIX - Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36.

The left-handed hitting infielder, on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee, spent 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, two with the Yankees and was in his second season with Arizona.

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In 1,615 career regular-season games, he hit .268 with 260 home runs and 902 RBIs. This season, he hit .246 with three homers and eight RBIs in 69 at-bats.

Chavez appeared in 1,402 games at third base, 21 at first base, five at shortstop and two in left field. He had a career .970 fielding percentage at third base, was a six-time American League Gold Glove Award winner and the 2002 AL Silver Slugger winner at the position.

He was selected by Oakland in the first round of the 1996 draft out of Mount Carmel High School in San Diego and made his major league debut for the A's in 1998.

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