Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/21/12
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On June 19, 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr. announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year. At the time, the future Hall of Famer was batting a miserable .207/.240/.313 and looked well-past done. Look at those numbers again and think about what would be written today if Jeff Francoeur or Michael Young was having that kind of season. Brutal. From almost the moment he announced his plans for retirement, however, Ripken started hitting again. Over the next two months, from June 20 to August 21, he batted .350/.383/.531 with 8 home runs, upping his season line to an almost-respectable .274/.308/.416. Ripken's hot streak wouldn't last the full season, however. Over the final 35 games of the season and of his career, Ripken batted a god-awful .157/.192/.225, managing only 21 hits (15 singles) in his final 147 career plate appearances. The farewell tour of the American League for Cal, which generally featured special events and pregame ceremonies at practically every stadium, did not a...
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