Getz appeared in 10 games for the ChiSox in 2008, then 107 the following year, hitting a decent .261 and swiping 25 bags in 27 attempts. However, after the season the Sox swapped him to the Royals along with former top prospect Josh Fields (the OF, not the pitcher) for soon-to-be flameout IF Mark Teahen. The FanGraphs article I linked to above notes that Chris surprisingly outlasted the more heralded players in that deal.
Said Getz, in a statement, "I've enjoyed every minute that I've played and will always be passionate about the game. I'm starting a family, and I'm interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game." He may have lasted just parts of seven seasons in the Majors, but as a Michigan fan, I was proud to see a fellow Wolverine give it his best shot in the pros. I wish him well in his post-baseball career, and I can promise you'll still see him from time to time around here--after all, I'm still collecting him!
Speaking of that, my Getz collection hasn't changed since the last time I showed off pickups of him, but I'll keep plugging away at his 101 (as of right now) non-1/1s and more in honor of one of my contemporaries while at school in Ann Arbor! Keep your eyes peeled for more quality Getz stuff like the ones you see in today's post.