Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein, Most Valuable Player of the 2006 World Series, has decided to retire.
Eckstein, 37, sat out last season but had left the door open to a comeback. Despite reports that he had offers on the table, the veteran infielder decided to call it quits for good.
A .280 career hitter with 35 home runs over 10 major league seasons, Eckstein enjoyed the best years of his career in St. Louis after he was signed as a replacement for former All-Star shortstop Edgar Renteria after Renteria defected to the Red Sox for the 2005 season. In his three years is St. Louis, Eckstein was a .297 hitter, 19 points higher than he hit at any of his other career stops including Anaheim, Toronto, Arizon and San Diego. He received his only two All-Star Game invitations while playing for the Caridnals in 2005 and 2006.
Eckstein made nearly $19.7 million in the majors with his largest paycheck coming from the Cardinals in 2007: $4,583,333. He priced himself out of the St. Louis picture in 2008 when he demanded a $9-million per season, three-year contract and wound up playing for the Blue Jays.