Ryan Theriot, you'll always be The Riot. Only now, you're also retired.
Theriot had said this past March that he was ready to walk away after getting no enticing offers to play Major League Baseball in 2013. With spring training 2014 just five weeks away, Theriot is making it official: He's not playing again.
Theriot, who just turned 34 years old, batted .281/.341/.350 with 17 homers, 121 stole bases and 446 runs scored in 3,615 career plate appearances — mostly with the Chicago Cubs. His best full season was 2008, when he finished eighth in the NL in on-base percentage. He also led the NL in singles from '08-'10. At his peak in 2009, he was an average major league shortstop defensively — which is nothing to sneeze at.
Theriot scored the winning run in his final appearance, Game 4 of the 2012 World Series, a 4-3 victory in 10 innings for the San Francisco Giants that clinched a championship. Marco Scutaro brought him home with an RBI single:
According to Baseball-Reference, the player Theriot was most like was Marty Barrett. Though he made more appearances as a shortstop than a second baseman, this seems about right. Theriot also is known for inspiring the semi-official baserunning stat, TOOTBLAN — Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop. It's because people cared. Another, more positive contribution Theriot made was using his Louisiana connections to entice rapper Lil Wayne to sing "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" early in the '12 Series.
Like pitcher Jeff Suppan who also retired recently, Theriot almost always seemed like a nice guy during media interviews. Polite and earnest in trying to answer questions. If any of that matters to you.
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