June 25, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Rockford RiverHawks outfielder Mike Goetz announced his retirement from professional baseball on Thursday.
Goetz batted in the leadoff spot in the RiverHawks lineup for most of the 2009 season thus far. He batted .230 with no home runs and 12 RBI. He also had eight stolen bases.
Goetz spent three seasons in professional baseball prior to 2009. The Milwaukee Brewers first drafted him in 2006. Last year Goetz played for the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League before he was signed midseason by the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A Carolina League in the Pirates farm system.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 17th season this summer. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.