Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cameron Retires

After spending 17 years in the major leagues with 8 different franchises, outfielder Mike Cameron is calling it quits. He finishes batting .249 with 278 home runs and 297 stolen bases.

The Nationals signed the 39 year old Cameron this past offseason in hopes that he would be a short term fix to the problem at center field. Cameron won three Gold Gloves during his career.

Seeing as how the Nationals were relying on him to be part of this fix in center field, this puts the team in a bit of a bind.

According to the Nationals website, Roger Bernadina, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and Eury Perez are the other outfielders. Michael Morse is also expected to move to the outfield, as well.

With the exiting of Mike Cameron comes a possible quicker entrance of Bryce Harper. Many believe that he will be the next great outfielder for the Nationals and that might come sooner rather than later.

Harper, who has a history of maturity issues, has not yet locked up his spot on the opening day roster. Now that Mike Cameron has retired, however, I would not be surprised if Harper was the one to step in and fill that void.