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Hairston Jr. retires to join Dodgers' new broadcast crew

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Jerry Hairston Jr. announced his retirement Wednesday, following a 16-year major league career, and will apparently join the Los Angeles Dodgers' new television channel.

"After 16 seasons decided retiring is my best opportunity," Hairston wrote on his Twitter account. "Game will not miss me but I will miss it and teammates immensely!"

Hairston was a versatile player, spending time at every position except pitcher and catcher. Over 1,442 major league games, he hit .257 with 70 home runs, 420 RBIs and 147 stolen bases. For the Dodgers last season, he hit .211 with two homers and 22 RBIs in 204 at-bats.

Hairston played for the Baltimore Orioles (1998-04), the Chicago Cubs (2005-06), the Texas Rangers (2006-07), the Cincinnati Reds (2008-09), the World Series champion New York Yankees in 2009, the San Diego Padres (2010), the Washington Nationals (2011), the Milwaukee Brewers (2011) and the Dodgers (2012-13).

The 37-year-old has a deal to serve as a pregame and postgame analyst for the club's television broadcasts, according to Bruce Levine of Chicago's WSCR-AM radio and 670thescore.com.

The Dodgers have not announced the deal.
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