WASHINGTON -- A few days after the Nationals gave him his unconditional release, first baseman Matt Stairs announced his retirement, according to CBC News.

Stairs played in 56 games for Washington and hit .156 with two RBIs in a reserve role. During his 19-year career, Stairs, who also played for 12 big league teams, had a .262 career batting average with 265 home runs and 899 RBIs.

His best season came with the Athletics. In 1998, Stairs hit .294 with 26 home runs and 106 RBIs for Oakland. He played in the postseason four times, winning a World Series title with the Phillies in 2008.