OF Mike Cameron has notified the Nationals he will retire, bringing his impressive career to an end...Spring Training roster now at 54.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) February 19, 2012
It's not altogether surprising since he was on only a Minor League deal and the Nationals have a crowded outfield, but it's... I don't think sad is the word since Cameron is leaving mostly on his own terms and in (assuming) good health and having made a fortune. His talents were often hindered in being fully recognized by the parks he played in. I have a feeling that in the greater context of baseball history, he will remain under appreciated, but I have also never seen anyone speak poorly of him and that counts too.
Goodbye, Mike. I wish the team I root for hadn't been so dunder-headed that they didn't see the value in keeping you here.