ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Infielder Craig Shipley, a veteran of 15 years in professional baseball, told the Anaheim Angels on Saturday that he is retiring.

Shipley, 36, a native of Sydney, Australia, began his professional baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1984. He also played for the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and the Angels.

``We certainly appreciate and respect Craig's decision. ... It was obvious he had given this a great deal of thought,'' Angels general manager Bill Bavasi said.

Shipley, who hopes to play for Australia in next year's Sydney Olympics and has invested in Australia's professional baseball league, appeared in 77 games for the Angels last season, hitting .259 with two homers and 17 RBIs. He has a .271 career average with 20 homers and 138 RBIs.