Andre Ethier retiring after 12-year career with Dodgers
Andre Ethier hit .285 with 162 homers and 687 RBIs in 1,455 games. The two-time All-Star announced his retirement on July 25. COURTESY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Andre Ethier, a two-time All-Star during a 12-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is retiring from baseball.
The Dodgers, the only team Ethier played for, announced on July 25 they would honor him with a retirement ceremony before their Aug. 3 game against Houston. The ceremony was to include tributes from teammates.
“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier, of Cherokee descent, said in a statement. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there.”
Ethier hit .285 with 162 homers and 687 RBIs in 1,455 games. He had 14 walk-off RBIs, the second-most in Dodgers history behind Dusty Baker’s 16. His last major league at-bat was a pinch-hit RBI single in Game 7 of last year’s World Series against the Astros.
The Dodgers acquired Ethier from Oakland in a December 2005 for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez. Ethier became a free agent last fall and remained unsigned.
In a 2010 Cherokee Phoenix story, Ethier said he traces his Cherokee heritage through his father’s family. His father Byron, of Glendale, Ariz., is a CN citizen who traces his tribal lineage to Dawes Roll enrollee Nancy Downing, a full blood.
“My grandmother, of course, who is the Cherokee side, grew up there in Oklahoma,” he said. “She was born and raised early in life in Arkansas. They moved to Peggs in Oklahoma, right outside of Tahlequah.”
Ethier said he remembers visiting Peggs as a youth and being introduced to Cherokee culture.
“When I was younger, when my great grandmother, my grandmother’s mother, was still alive she was a big influence. She would tell stories about the Cherokee Indian side,” he said. “I can remember going back to Peggs and hanging out with family and talking to them. I still have quite a few family members that still live there in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma.”