Brooks, McArthur retire
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May 5, 2011 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The left side of the Rockford RiverHawks’ infield will look completely different this season.

Rockford’s only professional baseball team announced Thursday that longtime shortstop Jono Brooks and third baseman Evan McArthur have retired.

Brooks was the team’s primary shortstop since mid-2007, the longest tenure at that position in team history. Last season, Brooks hit .225 with seven home runs and 35 RBI. He stole 22 bases in 30 tries. His .972 fielding percentage led Northern League shortstops.

Brooks spent his entire pro career with the RiverHawks. He finished with a .242 average, 24 home runs – fourth on the team’s all-time list – and 126 RBI. He stole 71 bases – second-most in team history – in 89 attempts.

Last year, his only season with Rockford, McArthur led Northern League third basemen in double plays, with 26, and assists, with 63. He had a .953 fielding percentage, third in the circuit. Though considered a glove-first player, McArthur hit .286 with six home runs and 49 RBI.

McArthur, San Francisco’s 11th-round pick in the 2007 draft, spent his first three seasons with that organization. He hit .262 with six homers and 56 RBI as a pro.

Opening Night for the RiverHawks’ 10th season is 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 20, when they host Traverse City. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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