2011 World Series hero Freese announces retirement

David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of Major League Baseball's 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers -- forcing a Game Seven that the Cards would go on to win (AFP Photo/Rob Carr)
David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of Major League Baseball's 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers -- forcing a Game Seven that the Cards would go on to win (AFP Photo/Rob Carr)

Los Angeles (AFP) - David Freese, who earned World Series Most Valuable Player honors in helping the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 Major League Baseball title, has announced his retirement after 11 seasons.

"Family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans that handed out support especially when your lives were already full, you can helped more than you know," the 36-year-old Freese tweeted on Saturday.

"Will never stop thinking about the days I got to be around such wonderful people playing this game."

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Freese played the last season and a half with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eliminated by the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series on Wednesday.

But he'll be remembered for his heroics in Game Six of the 2011 World Series, when he belted a game-tying triple against Texas Rangers closing pitcher Neftali Feliz when the Cards were down to their last out, then forced a Game Seven with a home run to lead off the 11th.

Freese, who began his big league career with his hometown team St. Louis in 2009, batted .397 with five home runs and 21 runs-batted-in in the 2011 playoffs.

He finishes a career in which he also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates with a .277 batting average with 113 home runs and 535 RBIs in 1,184 games.

He reached the playoffs five more times after 2011, twice with St. Louis, once with the Angels and twice with the Dodgers at the end of his career.

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