Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37

A's mainstay finishes career with fifth-best fielding percentage for second baseman

Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37

Second baseman Mark Ellis is retiring from baseball, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 37-year-old Ellis, a ninth-round selection of the Royals in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, played 12 years in the Majors with the A's, Rockies, Dodgers and Cardinals. Ellis spent 8 1/2 seasons with Oakland.

"It was definitely time," Ellis told the Chronicle. "My kids are getting older, and I kind of realized it was time to do something else."

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Ellis hit .262/.327/.384 for his career, spanning 1,435 games. His .991 career fielding percentage ranks fifth all time among second basemen.

Ellis concluded his career with a one-year stint in St. Louis last season, when he hit .180 in 73 games.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.