According to a report out of Venezuela, former longtime Oriole Melvin Mora announced his retirement from major league baseball Thursday while in his home country.
Mora, who will turn 40 in February, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last June after hitting .228 in 127 at-bats for the Diamondbacks. He said earlier this winter that he wanted to play again if he could find the right opportunity, but apparently that did not happen.
Mora was traded to the Orioles by the New York Mets in July 2000 as part of then-GM Syd Thrift's fire sale. He played for the Orioles for the next 9 ½ seasons spanning 1,256 of his 1,556 career games. He made two All-Star teams for the Orioles and, in 2004, batted .340 with 27 homers and won a Silver Slugger and Most Valuable Oriole honors.
He was known for his defensive versatility, his outspoken nature and his "babies," his quintuplets who were born in Baltimore in 2001. Mora, his wife, Gisel, and their six children maintained full-time residency in Bel Air after Mora left the Orioles as a free agent following the 2009 season.
Mora played for four teams in his 13-season career: the Orioles, Mets, Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.