Maicer Izturis and his Expos Ties Call it a Career

by Dan Langille | Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2016
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Maicer Izturis

Friday we saw something interesting happen, a baseball player retires in the middle of spring training. Maicer Izturis, a Venezuelan born player, who is 35 announced he was retiring from the game of baseball. He had spent the last 11 years playing for 3 teams professionally, Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.

Izturis was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent at 18 years old. He had spent the first 7 years in the Indians organization, climbing through A to AA and eventually landing in Buffalo, which oddly enough was under the Indians organization at the time (Insert Shapiro joke).

Izturis was traded by the Indians to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Scott Stewart. He had played the rest of the year with the Expos which was the final season of that franchise before it was moved to Washington, now known as the Washington Nationals.

The Montreal Expos, oh how I miss them. Now with Izturis retiring we are seeing one of the last remaining pieces of the last Expos team retire today. However, there is one left, Bartolo Colon. Colon is the only remaining active player who was on the Montreal Expos.

However, back to Izturis. He was with the Angels between 2005 to 2012, having on of the best years in 2009. In 114 games Maicer had batted .300 with 22 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs, earning a WAR of 3.7. In that same season, he had only had 41 strikeouts in 387 plate appearances. After the 2012 season he had signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays on November 8th, 2012.

Utility Man

When playing for the Blue Jays Izturis he was a tool in the tool chest for the organization. Over 2 years with the team he had played 118 games. Over the course of the 2 years we had used him on 3rd, short and second. That was the way he was used his entire career, even adding a few games in left field.

Over the course of his career he had 10 post season games. All with the Angels.

Thank you Maicer Izturis, you will be missed in Toronto.

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Dan Langille
About the Author

Dan is a baseball nut, just trying to find the peanuts. Partial to the Blue Jays. Insurance adjuster by day and baseball writer by night. You can call me Night Writer. Find me on Twitter @allthingslang.

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