By Jason Shetler
After a 13-year big league career, Clint Barmes has announced his retirement.
Barmes began his career with the Colorado Rockies where he played eight seasons from 2003 to 2010. He spent the 2011 season with the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2012 season, Barmes signed a two-year deal with the Pirates worth $10.5 million. He then re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal for $2 million to be the backup shortstop to Jordy Mercer in 2014.
While Barmes was a below league average performer at the plate, his defensive work was strong during his three seasons in Pittsburgh, as he put up an outstanding 14.4 UZR/150 and had a total of 28 Defensive Runs Saved. And let’s not forget that he had arguably the best walkup theme with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”.
After his time with the Pirates, he signed on with the San Diego Padres for the 2015 season. This past offseason, he agreed to a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals to compete for a reserve spot. Barmes didn’t make the club, and was released late in Spring Training. He did however sign another minor league deal with them shortly after. Barmes’ retirement announcement came while playing for the Royals AAA affiliate Omaha. According to Baseball-Reference, he earned $23.932 million. Barmes was not only solid with the glove, but you could argue that he was the most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball.