Cameron Maybin retires after 15 seasons

January 4th, 2022

Veteran outfielder  announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Monday night.

Maybin, 34, made his big league debut with the Tigers on Aug. 17, 2007, before going on to play for 10 teams over a 15-year career. He most recently spent time with the Mets, appearing in nine games in '21 to finish his career with a .254/.323/.374 slash line and 187 stolen bases.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Maybin said, in part: "I am the man I am today because of this game and the teams that gave a young kid from Asheville, North Carolina a chance to be great: the Tigers, Marlins, Padres, Braves, Angels, Astros, Mariners, Yankees, Cubs, and Mets. To the coaches, agents, mentors and most importantly, the fans, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your support."

The Tigers selected Maybin out of T.C. Roberson High School (N.C.) with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 Draft. He made his MLB debut two years later, but was traded to the Marlins following the '07 season as part of the blockbuster deal that brought Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit.

Maybin appeared in 144 games over three seasons with the Marlins before being traded to the Padres following the 2010 season. He immediately put together a breakout season, swiping a career-high 40 bases over 137 games in '11 -- his first season playing in an everyday role.

More recently, Maybin helped the Astros win the 2017 World Series title while providing a veteran option off the bench. His key contribution came in Game 2 of the Fall Classic when he led off the top of the 11th with a base hit, then promptly stole second base before scoring on George Springer's game-winning two-run homer. And that steal meant tacos for America.

Maybin signed with the Marlins following that title run, while also spending time with the Mariners, Yankees, Tigers, Cubs and Mets over the past four seasons.