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Mar '11 22

Regensburg’s Klaus Hopfensperger retires

The Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg announced on Monday that outfielder/designated hitter Klaus Hopfensperger has decided to end his active playing career immediately. He surprised his teammates on Sunday. The 30-year-old became a father a few days ago and is living in Munich, where he works as a teacher.

Born in Regensburg, Hopfensperger played his entire career for the Buchbinder Legionaere, making his Baseball-Bundesliga debut at the age of 15 in 1996. He has a career batting line of .374/.460/.626 with 56 homeruns, 318 runs and 336 RBI in 348 regular season games. He batted .341/.437/.502 in 93 playoff games.

Hopfensperger also was part of the German National Team in five European Championships (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010), the 2007 IBAF Baseball World Cup and the 2008 Olympic Qualifier. With Regensburg he won two German Championships, being named Finals MVP in 2010.

Photo: © Walter Keller, www.catchthefever.de

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