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Athletics Nation Feb 25, 2015

Former Oakland A's second baseman Mark Ellis retires

Former Oakland Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis will retire, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1999, Ellis played for the A's from 2002-2011 after arriving with Cory Lidle in a three-team trade for Angel Berroa, A.J. Hinch, and Ben Grieve. In my memory and probably yours too, Ellis's defense is what stands out. Slusser writes, "Ellis retires with a .991 fielding percentage, fifth all time among second baseman." Above him? Craig Counsell, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Oquendo, and Placido Polanco. His big range for popups were always my...

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