Mickey Hatcher, one the Dodgers' World Series heroes of 1988, was placed on unconditional release waivers by Los Angeles on Sunday.
The 36-year-old Hatcher was batting .152 in 15 exhibition games with five hits in 33 at-bats.Hatcher, who broke in with the Dodgers in 1979, has spent 12 years in the major leagues with Los Angeles and Minnesota. In 85 games last season, Hatcher hit .212 with no home runs and 13 RBI.
After being told the news by manager Tom Lasorda, Hatcher was sad but not surprised.
"This is maybe the saddest day of my life right here," he said. "It may look like I'm very happy, but deep inside I'm very sad. It was always my dream to end my career in L.A. And that dream is gone."
In the 1988 World Series against Oakland, Hatcher had seven hits in 19 at-bats, including two home runs. He had five RBI in the five-game series.
Hatcher's utilityman role will be filled by Gary Carter, whose one-year contract with the Dodgers becomes official today.
"We feel Mickey has come to the end of the line," Lasorda said. "It's a sad day for me and a sad day for all the Dodgers."
Orel Hershiser said Hatcher's greatest contributions were intangible.
"Mickey is going to be sorely missed by every player," he said. "His spirit, his willingness to help out guys no matter if he was in competition with them . . . he was one of the best guys in the world to play for."