Is Ronnie Belliard retiring?
Nationals second baseman Ronnie Belliard will not see much action on the field for a while. In fact, since June 10, Belliard has two at-bats.
Manager Manny Acta went so far as to say that Anderson Hernandez and Alberto Gonzalez would get the bulk of the playing time at the position.
“Hernandez and Gonzalez are playing very well,” Acta said. “It’s our responsibility to not only play the guys who are playing well, but also the guys who are going to be part of our future.”
When MLB.com spoke to him about what Acta said about his limited playing time, Belliard,34, took the news like a professional.
“They decide who plays and they decide who don’t,” Belliard said. “It’s not my fault. They go with the young guys — hey — I don’t make the lineup.”
Belliard, who is in the last year of his contract, wasn’t sure about his future in baseball. He has already announced that this offseason will be his last playing for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League. Belliard said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Asked if 2009 was his last playing Major League Baseball, Belliard said, “I don’t know yet. Let’s see what happens.”
Belliard is hitting .171 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season.