Edgar Renteria officially retires from baseball

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 21 (EFE).- Playing baseball in the Big Leagues will no longer be on the agenda for Colombian shortstop Edgar Renteria, who officially announced Thursday that he had retired.

Renteria, who won World Series titles with the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants, after a successful 16-year sports career said he was saying goodbye because he felt inside that it was time.

"My heart is telling me that I shouldn't keep going, that the time for goodbye has come and, as always, I've been honest with myself, now more than ever," said Renteria. "I don't feel the desire to do the training ... to perform on the field and that means that I'm not going to continue."

Renteria, who did not play during the 2012 season for the same reason - that he was not in shape after having completed the 2011 season with the Cincinnati Reds - said that he was leaving with "mission accomplished," having attained his dreams as a professional in the sport that he "loved."

He ended his career with 2,327 hits, a batting average of .286, 140 home runs, 923 RBI's and 294 stolen bases in a career spent with seven different teams.

Renteria, 37, made history when he gave the Marlins their first World Series title by making a key hit at the very end of the memorable 1997 season.

His arrival in San Francisco in 2009 allowed him to go through a second professional childhood and shine brighter than ever, transforming him into the key player who made it possible in 2010 for the Giants to win their first title since moving to California from New York in 1958.