Denis Poroy/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — After 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, it may finally be the end of the line for Raul Ibanez as the Los Angeles Angels have released the veteran outfielder.
At age 42, Ibanez was the second-oldest active player in Major League Baseball behind Cleveland Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi.
This season, Ibanez was hitting just .157 with three home runs, and 21 RBIs.
“I am disappointed in the way that I performed for this great organization,” Ibanez said in a statement released by the team on Saturday night. “Jerry [Dipoto] and Mike [Scioscia] were totally straightforward and professional with me today and I will always appreciate and respect them for that.”
If this is the end for Ibanez, he will finish with a career batting average of .273 with 303 home runs, 1,202 RBIs, and 2,019 hits.
He played for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and the Angels.
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Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Raul Ibanez can’t seem to snap out of his season-long funk, but the Angels don’t plan on sending him to the bench.
Ibanez is in his 19th season in Major League Baseball, and at 42 years old, is the second-oldest player in baseball.
In 57 games this season, Ibanez is batting just .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.
With the team calling up prospect C.J. Cron, some are wondering why he doesn’t take Ibanez’s place as the team’s designated hitter. Manager Mike Scioscia is sticking with the veteran.
“There’s no doubt he’s making some strides in the batter’s box, and you’re seeing better swings,” Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. “The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows he needs to have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder than Raul, and we’re confident he’s going to contribute for us.”
Despite the lack of production for Ibanez, the Angels are fourth in Major League Baseball in runs scored.
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