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Mark Ellis calls it a career

Former St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Ellis, 37, was supposed to be a part time starter for the Redbirds in 2015, playing some second and third base against lefty starters while providing an insurance policy in case rookie infielder Kolten Wong faltered.

But Ellis had trouble staying healthy and ended up batting only .180 in extremely limited duty. He totaled only 178 at bats. All of that for $5.25 million in a one-year contract.

Before joining St. Louis, Ellis spent two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one with the Colorado Rockies. But he spent the bulk of his career, nine years, with the Oakland Athletics.

He'll wrap up his career with a .262 batting average and 105 homers hit in 12 mlb campaigns. He made a total of more than $41 million. Not bad work if you can get it.

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