Former Nats OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. retires from MLB

Former Nats OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. retires from MLB
December 11, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Former Nationals player Jerry Hairston, Jr. has announced his retirement from the game of baseball after 16 MLB seasons. The 37-year-old played the first half of 2011 with the Nats before a trade sent him to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hairston will now join the Dodgers television broadcast team, Bruce Levine reported on Wednesday.

Hairston, whose brother Scott is a current Nats bench player, was a MLB journeyman having played for nine different teams. He began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1998 and played with them for seven years before heading to Chicago to join the Cubs.

Hairston appeared in 75 total games with the Nats, hitting .268 with four home runs and 24 RBI off the bench. He retires having played 1442 career MLB games with a .257 lifetime batting average. The Nats traded Hairston for outfield prospect Erik Komatsu who played for the Nats' minor league affiliates in Harrisburg and Syracuse in 2013.

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Though Hairston played briefly for the Nats, he had a lot of success against them as an opponent. Hairston hit .305 in 32 games against the franchise over the years.

Hairston is part of a baseball legacy that includes his brother Scott, his father Jerry, grandfather Sam and uncle John.