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08/03/11 7:44 PM ET

Veteran slugger Stairs announces retirement

WASHINGTON -- A few days after the Nationals gave him his unconditional release, first baseman Matt Stairs announced his retirement, according to CBC News.

Stairs played in 56 games for Washington and hit .156 with two RBIs in a reserve role. During his 19-year career, Stairs, who also played for 12 big league teams, had a .262 career batting average with 265 home runs and 899 RBIs.

His best season came with the Athletics. In 1998, Stairs hit .294 with 26 home runs and 106 RBIs for Oakland. He played in the postseason four times, winning a World Series title with the Phillies in 2008.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.