Here is a tip of the cap to Lorenzo Cain who was Designated For Assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend in what could be his last season in the majors.
Lorenzo Cain showed up to his first baseball practice in 10th grade wearing a collared shirt, jean shorts and basketball shoes. Then he played 10 years in the Majors, made two All-Star Games, won a Gold Glove and a World Series.
Today, he was DFA’d by the Brewers. pic.twitter.com/HOe5EJuXEc
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 18, 2022
Cain’s time in Milwaukee came to an end Saturday after hitting .179 with a .231 on base percentage, nine RBI, two steals and a home run through 43 games this season.
Injuries have plagued Cain over the last three seasons as he only played in 126 games over that span.
Regardless of how it ended, Cain will be remembered as one of baseball’s best outfielders to play during the 2010s.
After signing a five-year $80 million deal with the Brewers before the 2018 season, Cain hit .270 with 30 home runs, 133 RBI and 63 steals in four seasons with the team.
One of my favorite Lorenzo Cain moments ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qwJrpk1FmX
— 𝚆𝚘𝚗𝚐’𝚜 𝙱𝚘𝚗𝚐™️ (@yelichfans) June 18, 2022
He made the All-Star team for the second time in his career in 2018 and won the only Gold Glove of his career in 2019, the same year he opened with what may be the best catch of his career as he robbed a home run for the final out of a one run game on Opening Day.
Cain was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 draft out of Tallahassee Community College.
He made his debut in 2010, playing in 43 games and batting .306 for Milaukee.
Then before the 2011 season he was traded to the Kansas City Royals as part of one of the most important trades in their franchise history, when then Ace Zack Greinke was sent to the Brewers in exchange for Cain, former MLBbro reliever Jeremy Jeffress and Alcides Escobar.
All three players played major roles during the Royals World Series Championship run which may have been one of the most improbable in recent sports history.
In 2014, the year the Royals would ultimately end up losing in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants Cain hit .301 and stole 28 bases.
His four hits in the American League Championship Series against Baltimore tied him with George Brett for most in a playoff game in franchise history as he would go on to win the series MVP award.
Then after making his first All-Star team in 2015, finishing with what are still career highs in RBI, doubles, triples and home runs, he helped lead Kansas City to their second World Series in franchise history.
Cain respected the game and for that the Brewers showed it back with one of the classiest moves you will ever see by a professional organization.
By waiting until Cain got his full 10 years of service time in Major League Baseball he is able to receive his full vested pension which will pay him $7,500 a month.
Jonathan Davis on Lorenzo Cain: “Lo, he was a rock in the game for many people. He contributed to this game in many different ways and I’m thankful to come up behind him and set that example like he did, hopefully.” pic.twitter.com/9D6K1S3pGH
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 19, 2022
There is still a chance Cain can be traded or picked up by another team, but that remains to be seen as he has said he wanted to take time to speak with family about his next steps.
The Brewers called up MLBbro outfielder Jonathan Davis from Triple A Nashville to take Cain’s roster spot.