Reds fans probably thought they had seen the last of Miguel Cairo last season. However, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that "Miggy" will stay on as a member of the organization and join the baseball operations staff as a special assistant to the general manager.
Cairo will be in camp tomorrow. He’ll work as an instructor with major leagues and minor leagues. Cairo, 38, played the final three years of his 17-year career with the Reds. He was the Reds’ recipient of the MLB Players Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle Award in 2011.
The Venezuelan native has been around the professional game for over three decades. He was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1990 at the age of 16.
Miguel expressed an interest in retiring as a player and becoming involved with the baseball operations side of the game," Jocketty said. "He was a leader for us on the field and in the clubhouse and over a very successful career earned a tremendous amount of respect within the baseball community. Miguel was a big part of our success the last three years. Our younger players will benefit from his work ethic and experience."
In 1996, he made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays as a 21-year-old. He became known primarily as a role player throughout his time in MLB, with the ability to play multiple positions. All in all, he would go on to spent the next 17 seasons with nine different franchises, including Cincinnati.
Cairo batted .264 with 41 homers and 394 RBI in 1,490 career games.
Fay applauded the move citing the fact that he was a clubhouse leader and was "well-liked" during his playing days. How do you feel about the move?