"I always wanted Colombia to know before the rest of the world. This is my official retirement," Renteria told RCN Television, in comments translated by CBSSports.com. "I feel proud, I feel satisfied with what I did, my heart is telling me that's enough and it's time to retire. You have to know when to retire and that's why I took a year and a half to rest and think about what I was going to do. This is the right time."
Renteria last played in 2011, logging 96 games for the Reds and hitting .251/.306/.348. The previous year, he went 7-for-17 (.412) with two home runs in the Giants' Fall Classic win over the Rangers, smacking the go-ahead three-run shot off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning of Game 5.
That was not Renteria's first World Series-winning hit. In 1997, he lead the Marlins past the Indians by going 3-for-5 in Game 7, including a walk-off single in the 11th inning.
The Marlins signed Renteria out of Colombia in 1992, and he debuted in the Majors in '96, finishing second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting to the Dodgers' Todd Hollandsworth. He later played for the Cardinals, Red Sox, Braves, Tigers, Giants and Reds, putting up a career .286/.343/.398 batting line, with 140 home runs, 923 RBIs and 294 stolen bases. He won three Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Gloves at shortstop along the way.
Renteria's finest season came with St. Louis in 2003, when he finished fourth in the NL with a .330 batting average and 34 steals, while posting career highs in OPS (.874) and RBIs (100).
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.