4 Winnipeg Goldeyes’ Retire
WINNIPEG, MB – Four members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes have retired from professional baseball.
Catcher Carlton Tanabe, Pitcher Eric Eadington, along with Outfielders Adam Heisler and Willie Cabrera, have all cleared waivers and chosen to retire.
Tanabe hit .250 alongside 3 home runs and 38 RBI in 84 games. He also threw out 24% of opposing base stealers.
“Carlton had big shoes to step into last year,” said Goldeyes Manager Rick Forney. “To bring a new catcher in, the expectations were high. Carlton came in, worked his tail off, and got better as the season went on. I thought he did a fantastic job, and he’s another guy who is young enough where I think he could still play in affiliated ball.”
Eadington had 9 saves, along with a 3.00 ERA in 42 relief appearances. He struck out 63 opposing batters in 45 innings pitched, and finished his career with 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
“My heart’s broken for Eric,” said Forney. “He should be pitching in an organiztion somewhere at a high level. You don’t see many left-handed arms that produce that kind of velocity. He’s as good a left-handed pitcher that’s come through this league. Unfortunately, no team was willing to take a chance on him because he’s had two Tommy John Surgeries, but he proved to be very healthy and durable last year.
Heisler spent two years with Winnipeg, and hit .315, alongside 71 stolen bases in 86 attempts. Heisler scored 8 runs in 10 games during the playoffs.
“Adam is starting a baseball school at home,” said Forney earlier this week on The Inside Pitch. “He’s liking the work that he’s doing, and he’s decided he’s going to try and grow that business. We got two really good years out of him, and he really came alive for us in the postseason. I’m glad we were able to get a ring together.”
Cabrera was big on offence last year, hitting .318 with 17 home runs and 77 RBI. Cabrera has 101 home runs, 591 RBI and 1,140 base hits in his 11 year career.
“Willie was a big contributor, and made a big difference in our season,” said Forney. “He’s finishing school and starting his own baseball academy in California. Unfortunately, you can’t play independent baseball forever, and often times you’re going to lose some guys you grow attached to.”
The Goldeyes now have 19 players under contract.
Spencer Fernando, MyToba News
Photo by Jeff Miller