1 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

(KSDK Sports) -- He was known simply as the "The Riot." Now Ryan Theriot, the Cardinals Opening Day starting shortstop in 2011, has announced he's retiring, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Theriot ends his career with a line of .281/.341/.350 and 17 homers across eight big league seasons with four teams, mostly the Cubs.

He became a Cardinal before the 2011 World Championship season, when he was acquired in a trade from the Dodgers for pitcher Blake Hawksworth. Theriot gave the Cardinals solid offense, a .271 average and nearly 30 doubles. He also put together a 20 game hit streak. But his glove was an issue, and at the trading deadline the Cardinals acquired Rafael Furcal. The move forced Theriot to the bench where he contributed offensively during the postseason.e of .281/.341/.350 and 17 homers across eight big league seasons with four teams, mostly the Cubs.

Following the Cardinals World Championship, Theriot departed for San Francisco in 2012. He did not play in 2013.

Read or Share this story: http://on.ksdk.com/1ly0fND