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Ex-Providence star Cirillo released by Padres

August 11, 2004

Jeff Tully

Fans of Jeff Cirillo have to be wondering if the former Providence

High baseball standout has played his last game as a major- leaguer.

The San Diego Padres gave the veteran his unconditional release

Thursday, leaving the infielder without a pro team for the first time

in his 10-year career.

Cirillo, 34, appeared in 33 games for San Diego this season,

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batting .213 (16 for 75) with three doubles, one home run and seven

runs batted in.

A career .297 hitter, Cirillo is a two-time all-star, playing for

the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners and Padres.

His best seasons came in 1999 with Milwaukee and 2000 with the

Rockies, when he batted .326 both years.

In 1999, his .326 average was fifth-best in the league, and he was

second in the league in singles (147), third in hits (198), eighth in

plate appearances (697) and ninth in at-bats (607). He also had 15

home runs and 88 RBI.

In 2000, he led all National League third basemen in batting

average (.326) and hits (195). He also established a lifetime best

115 RBI -- 10th in the league -- and posted 25 multi-RBI games,

including a single-game career high of seven against the Montreal

Expos.

In 1,350 games, Cirillo has 1,414 hits, 299 doubles, 19 triples,

103 home runs and 654 RBI.

He was acquired by San Diego from the Mariners on Jan. 6 in a

six-player deal.

A star athlete at Providence and USC, Cirillo helped the Pioneer

baseball team win a CIF Southern Section Small Schools title in 1986.

He also helped chair the Paul Sutton Charity Golf Classic, an

annual event honoring the former Providence coach and athletic

director.

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