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Casey Blake | Third Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (41) / 8/23/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wichita State
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Casey Blake is retiring from baseball.
Blake was released by the Rockies at the end of spring training after going 3-for-20 in the Cactus League and has been unable to find another opportunity. "My career has to end at some point," the 38-year-old told the Des Moines Register. "If I was going to play, it would probably only be one more year anyway. I just decided to shut it down. And I’m OK with the decision." Blake tallied 1,186 hits and 167 home runs during a 13-year major league career. Tue, May 8, 2012 04:35:00 PM

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Rockies released 3B Casey Blake.

Blake entered spring training as the favorite for the starting third base job, but struggled to stay healthy and batted just .150 (3-for-20) with a homer and seven strikeouts. The 38-year-old may just opt for retirement at this point. The Rockies appear content to go with Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson as stop-gap options until top prospect Nolan Arenado is deemed ready for the big leagues.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 04:35:00 PM

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Casey Blake is unlikely to make the Rockies' 25-man roster.

Blake is just 3-for-20 this spring with no walks and seven strikeouts, and there are lingering concerns about the health of his neck. So the Rockies are likely to cut him loose before Opening Day to avoid paying his $2 million salary for 2012. Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson will keep the hot corner warm until top prospect Nolan Arenado is ready.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 03:18:00 PM

Casey Blake returned after an eight-day absence on Monday, finishing 0-for-2 with a walk in a victory over the Angels.

He is now 0-for-10 this spring with four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Jordan Pacheco is batting .455 in 22 at-bats, and has reached base safely in all 10 of his games. Quite simply, Blake is running out of time to prove he can be a reliable contributor this season.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 05:34:00 AM

Casey Blake (neck) is back in the Rockies' Cactus League lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Blake missed a little over one week due to stiffness in his neck. He has between now and Opening Day to prove that he's capable of handling starting third base duties.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 12:58:00 PM

Casey Blake is out of the Rockies' lineup again on Tuesday due to lingering neck stiffness.

"It’s a little better," Blake said Tuesday morning. "I will take it easy again, get some some treatment on it and hope it feels better for tomorrow." The veteran third baseman is 0-for-9 with four strikeouts thus far in Cactus League play. And inactivity isn't going to improve his rhythm.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 12:50:00 PM

Casey Blake was scratched from Monday's game against the Padres due to neck stiffness.

Blake underwent surgery on his neck in September, so the stiffness is likely raising red flags throughout Rockies camp. But the initial thought is that it has nothing to do with that procedure and is only a minor issue. Brandon Wood drew the Cactus League start at third base.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 03:38:00 PM

Casey Blake has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rockies, pending a physical.

The contract is not guaranteed and includes $1 million in performance-based incentives. Blake, 38, batted .252/.342/.371 with four homers and a .713 OPS over 239 plate appearances in 2011 before undergoing season-ending neck surgery in September. If healthy, he'll give the Rockies another short-term option at third base until top prospect Nolan Arenado is deemed ready for the big leagues.
Tue, Dec 20, 2011 05:22:00 PM

The Indians are among the teams interest in free agent Casey Blake.

Blake has experience at both corner infield and outfield and would provide right-handed depth for an Indians team that's looking for insurance behind Grady Sizemore and Matt LaPorta. The 38-year-old is coming off a season that saw him hit .252/.342/.371 with four homers and a .713 OPS, but will likely only require a one-year deal this offseason.
Sat, Dec 3, 2011 03:24:00 PM

Dodgers declined 3B Casey Blake's $6 million club option for 2012.

Blake underwent neck surgery earlier this month and carries many question marks heading into baseball's free agency period. The 38-year-old should be able to land an incentive-laden deal, but he might not be ready to contribute until May or June.
Tue, Oct 4, 2011 03:11:00 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Casey Blake will undergo neck surgery next week.

Blake has tried to play through a pinched nerve in his neck for the past two months, but has finally decided to go under the knife. The 38-year-old third baseman was limited to just 63 games this season, batting .252/.342/.371 with four homers and a .713 OPS over 239 plate appearances. His contract includes a $6 million club option for 2012, but the Dodgers will almost certainly buy him out for $1.5 million. He faces a very uncertain future.
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 03:06:00 PM

Casey Blake started his first game since August 17 on Wednesday, finishing 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

The 38-year-old had been sidelined with a shoulder injury. His .693 OPS is at its lowest point of the season.
Thu, Aug 25, 2011 02:58:00 AM

Casey Blake (shoulder) served as a pinch-hitter Monday.

Blake grounded out to second base in the ninth inning. The veteran third baseman hasn't started in five straight games due to pain in the back of his right shoulder and doesn't seem close to fully returning.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 10:28:00 AM

Casey Blake (shoulder) hit off a tee Sunday.

Blake has missed four straight games with pain in the back of his right shoulder and doesn't anticipate the discomfort going away until the winter. The Dodgers will have to put him on the 15-day disabled list for the fourth time this season if he doesn't begin showing improvement soon.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 12:53:00 PM

Casey Blake (shoulder) is expected to miss a "couple days."

Blake has been experiencing pain in the back of his right shoulder and will take some time off to get it cooled down. He left Wednesday's game early and did not play Thursday. Aaron Miles started at third base.
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 04:39:00 PM

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