April 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees third basemanKevin Youkilis
(36) hits a two RBI single in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. New York won 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Though he only played 80 of his 1,061 career baseball games, I enjoyed the time Kevin Youkilis played for the Chicago White Sox.
The third baseman announced his retirement (through his agent) on Thursday, though he didn’t play in an MLB game this past season.
Youkilis played nearly half of the ’12 season with the White Sox, traded to the South Side after nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Chicago had a chance to reach the postseason that year, but fell short.
During his stint with the White Sox, Youkilis batted .236 in 292 at-bats (344 plate appearances).
Also at the plate as a White Sox, Youkilis had 69 hits, including eight doubles, one triple and 15 home runs. Those stats allowed Youkilis to score 47 runs and knock in 46 RBIs. He also walked 37 times as a White Sox.
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While with the White Sox, Youkilis had a WAR (wins above replacement) of 1.4, while he also finished with an on-base percentage of .346 and a slugging percentage of .425.
Youkilis played 2004-12 with the Red Sox and the ’13 season with the New York Yankees, his final MLB season.