Veteran outfielder Andre Ethier officially announced his retirement Wednesday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will honor him with a pregame ceremony on Aug. 3 before facing the Houston Astros.
“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” the two-time All-Star said in a statement released by the club. “There’s nothing like stepping on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you.”
Ethier, who made his major league debut in 2006, played his entire 12-year career with the Dodgers, hitting .285 with 162 homers and 687 RBIs. The 36-year-old won a Gold Glove in 2011 and claimed a 2009 Silver Slugger Award after posting career-highs in homers (31) and RBIs (106).
Ethier earned had a knack for hitting in the clutch, tallying 14 walk-off RBIs, the second-most in Los Angeles history behind Dusty Baker’s 16.
“I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing here,” Ethier added. “I’m humbled by [the tribute] evening and look forward to sharing it all with you.”
The Dodgers won seven division titles and made eight postseason appearances during Ethier’s tenure. He recorded a hit and RBI in his final at-bat, a pinch-hit single in Game 7 of the Dodgers’ 2017 World Series loss to the Astros.
—Field Level Media