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Jefferies Retires From Baseball

December 15, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Gregg Jefferies, facing a future as a role player at 33, has decided to retire.

The two-time All-Star has a .289 career average with 126 homers and 663 RBIs in 14 seasons with the New York Mets, Kansas City, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Detroit. He batted .275 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 142 at-bats this year with the Tigers.

``He’s always said that once he felt he wasn’t contributing on an everyday basis, he would retire,″ agent Sam Levinson said. ``There were clubs that did express interest, obviously in a limited role, a bench-type guy.″

Jefferies joined the Mets in 1987 and was sent to Kansas City after the 1991 season as part of the Bret Saberhagen trade.

Jefferies was picked for the NL All-Star team in 1993 and 1994, while with the Cardinals.

He was one of the first clients of Sam and Seth Levinson, and once was roommates with the brothers, who currently represent about 40 major league players.

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