Aurilia says he’s done playing
Rich Aurilia formally announced his retirement Sunday after 15 major league seasons.
The 38-year-old infielder began and ended his career with San Francisco, spending 12 years total with the Giants and helping them reach the 2002 World Series. He appeared in 60 games last season in a utility role.
“I’m retired,” Aurilia said Sunday. “I’ll say this, I’m not waiting around for a call in June or July. I know I’m not going to play anymore.”
Aurilia’s news wasn’t surprising considering he’s already moved into the broadcasting side of baseball.
He took part Sunday in a reunion of San Francisco’s 2000 NL West championship team.
“It’s weird being around here. I wanted to grab a bat in the 11th inning the other night,” Aurilia said of the Giants’ 5-4, 13-inning win over the Braves on Friday in their home opener. “It’s time for a different phase of my life to move on to. It’s better than I thought it would be, which is good.”
Team president Larry Baer said he is already making plans to honor Aurilia as a candidate for a spot on the Giants’ Wall of Fame outside the ballpark.
“Stay tuned for us honoring him for his tremendous years of service in the regular season and playoffs,” Baer said.
Aurilia was a career .275 hitter with 186 homers and 756 RBIs in 1,652 career games.
“One thing I’d like to change, something all of those guys would want to change: the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of Game 6 of the World Series,” Aurilia said, referencing the Giants being five outs from winning it all in 2002 against the Angels.
“I try to take the positives and pass them along to my kids. I played for a long time and we did some pretty special things,” he added.