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Former Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria to retire

Former Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria, 35, is expected to retire, his agent to Fox Sports this morning.

A .286 career hitter with 140 career homers and 294 stolen bases, Renteria was the runner up for Rookie of the Year honors in the National League as a Marlin in 1996. He came to the Cardinals in a trade prior to the 1999 season that sent Braden Looper and others to Florida.

With St. Louis, he batted .290 in six seasons before defecting to the Red Sox for an ill-fated season over a relatively small amount of cash. Since then, he has bounced around to the Braves, Tigers, Giants and Reds.

Along his way, Renteria played in three World Series: 1997 with the Marlins, 2004 with the Cardinals and 2010 with San Francisco. He batted .333 in the fall classic and won the World Series MVP with the Giants with a .412 average, two homers and six runs batted in against the Rangers.

Renteria was named to five All-Star teams and won a pair of Gold Gloves. He finished amongst the top five hitters in his league for average twice and on four occasions finished a season amongst the top 10 base stealers.

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