03/28/2006 12:49 PM ET
Marquis Grissom retires
Chicago Cub Marquis Grissom today announced he is retiring, thus concluding a major league career that spanned 17 years.
Grissom, 38, was one of six players in Major League history to record 2,000 hits, 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases - joining Roberto Alomar, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Joe Morgan in doing so.
At the time of his retirement, he ranked fourth among all active leaders with 429 stolen bases and was 55th on the big league all-time list, having stolen 20 or more bases in 10 of his 17 seasons. Grissom stole a career-high 78 bases in 1992, surpassing his previous high of 76 (in 1991).
The Atlanta, GA, native made 52 postseason appearances, batting a combined .317 with 15 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. He saw action in every round of the postseason, including appearing in 14 games for the 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves, and was named the most valuable player of the 1997 American League Championship Series.
Grissom is a two-time All-Star (1993 and 1994) and is a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner. In 2000, he was recognized by The Sporting News as one of the "99 Good Guys In Pro Sports" for his charitable endeavors.
In 2,165 career games, Grissom batted .272 with 386 doubles, 56 triples, 227 homers and 967 RBI.
The outfielder - who had a .988 career fielding percentage - spent time in the majors with Montreal (1989-1994), Atlanta (1995-1996), Cleveland (1997), Milwaukee (1998-2000), Los Angeles (NL) (2001-2002) and San Francisco (2003-2005). He was originally drafted in the third round of the 1988 June draft by Montreal out of Florida A&M University after ranking sixth in the Division I batting race with a .448 average.
Grissom signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in January and was a non-roster invitee to major league camp.