Chicago Cubs: Ryan Theriot retires

Ryan Theriot is coming to St. Louis.

Ryan Theriot is coming to St. Louis.

Ryan Theriot had winning in his blood, and was a proven winner on many teams. He won two College World Series rings and two MLB World Series crowns. He helped the Cubs to two postseason appearances and today Ryan “The Riot” Theriot has called it quits after eight seasons in the Major Leagues. He played with four MLB teams including the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, St.Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

Theriot played six seasons for the North Siders. In Chicago, he played shortstop and second base for the Cubs and was reunited with his former collegiate teammate Mike Fontenot. Theriot and Fontenot turned the double play for the 2000 National Champion LSU Tigers.

Theriot’s time with the Cubs lasted 609 games, where he batted .287 with a total of 648 hits. He was a solid leadoff hitter and provided stellar defense at shortstop and second base. In his time with the Cubs he became a fan favorite, helping the Cubs earn two postseason trips in 2007 and in 2008. Both those seasons ended in a three game sweep against Arizona (2007) and Los Angeles (2008).

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In 2010, the Cubs traded Theriot along with pitcher Ted Lilly to the Dodgers for Blake Dewitt. In Los Angeles he hit .242 in 54 games with the Dodgers. At the end of the season he was traded to the St.Louis Cardinals. There he batted .271 with 120 hits but he became an enemy to Chicago. Theriot said he was happy he was “finally on the right side of the rivalry.”

In 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. He was again back together with Mike Fotenot. However, he took Fotenot’s job as Fotenot was released at the end of spring training. Theriot recorded a .975 fielding percentage at 2nd base and won a World Series ring with the Giants.

He finished his career with 17 home runs, 121 stolen bases, 18 triples and 285 walks. He had a .281 batting average, 383 strikeouts, and a total of 257 RBIs. He was a vital part of a teams success and was a great teammate to have in the clubhouse. Reports are that he is interested in becoming an agent.

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