Twins' White plans to retire after season is over

Updated: September 24, 2007, 11:02 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Rondell White plans to retire after finishing this season with the Minnesota Twins.

Rondell White


The popular outfielder and designated hitter said there is a "99 percent chance" he will hang up his spikes for good after this week.

"I missed four months this year. My body hurts," the 35-year-old White said Monday before going 1-for-4 as the DH in Minnesota's 2-0 win against the Detroit Tigers, one of his former teams. "There's a good chance this is it."

White was on the disabled list from April 10 until July 22 with a strained right calf, and he has often been sidelined with injuries since making his debut with the Montreal Expos in 1993.

He is hitting .158 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 101 at-bats over 35 games this season.

White has 197 home runs, 763 RBIs and a .283 batting average in his career with Montreal, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, San Diego, Kansas City, Detroit and Minnesota.

It didn't take him long to identify his favorite stop.

"Montreal," he said. "I came up with Montreal, and spent seven years there. Me and Cliff Floyd grew up there, and learned the game together."

White was an All-Star in 2003, when he split time with the Padres and Royals. He finished the year with 22 homers, 87 RBIs and a .289 batting average.

He said he was disappointed with his injury-plagued season, but had his spirits lifted when he and his wife had their first child, Zaiya, on Friday.

"The baby was a breath of fresh air," White said. "I want to be able to play with her, too, and not have two knee replacements."

Minnesota signed White to a $2.75 million, one-year contract last winter with an option for a second year and performance bonuses.

White signed with the Twins before the 2006 season to be their DH, but struggled through most of the year while he was slowed by shoulder and hamstring injuries.

After a rough first half, he hit .351 in September and October as the Twins rallied to win their fourth AL Central crown in five seasons. White finished last year with a .246 average, seven homers and 38 RBIs in 337 at-bats over 99 games.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press