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By Peter Karl/Special to LAist

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim great and Southern California native Garret Anderson has called the curtain on his 17-year playing career after being unable to find work as a 38 year-old free agent.

‘Wait, Garret Anderson played 17 years of Major League Baseball?’ Yes. And don’t be ashamed if you only remember a handful of them.

Growing up in Los Angeles as a three star athlete at Kennedy High School in Grenada Hills, Anderson’s natural baseball ability was undeniable at a young age. He was drafted by the California Angels out of high school in 1990 and made his big league debut at age 22 in 1994. He played almost his entire career in front of his hometown fans. But that still didn’t make him a crowd pleaser.