According to several Internet reports former Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora has officially retired from baseball. Mora left the Orioles after the 2009 season following 10 years of distinguished service in Baltimore. Mora played for Colorado in 2010 and began 2011 in Arizona but was released by the Diamondbacks during the season after hitting just .228 in 42 games.
Mora was a terrific all purpose player for much of his career in Baltimore. Originally acquired in the trade that sent Mike Bordick to the Mets, Mora played shortstop, and outfield in Baltimore before settling in at third as Cal Ripken’s long term replacement. Mora was at his best in 2004 and 2005 when he posted a WAR of 5.4 and 4.7 in back to back seasons. The two time All Star lead the American League with a .419 OBP in 2004. Mora is likely a future inductee into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.