Friday, July 19, 2013
Are Hinske's playing days over?
By Joe Kaiser
Eric Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year, may have played his final game as a professional baseball player.
The soon-to-be 36-year-old was batting just .173 while being used primarily as a pinch hitter in Arizona, and recently accepted an assignment to Triple-A Reno after being DFA'd by the Diamondbacks. After only five games with the Aces, though, Hinske was DFA'd once more and Chris Gabel of the Reno Gazette Journal reports that the veteran "is expected to retire."
If that happens, Hinske will finish with a .249 career batting average along with 137 home runs and 522 RBI in seven MLB stops.