Today I’m announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball. Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career. It’s been a wonderful ride but I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter of my life.
The Mariners’ Gold Glove third-baseman finished his career with a .251 batting average, 242 homeruns, 807 RBIs, with 1,395 hits. In his 11th and final season with the Mariners, he finished with a career-high 35 homeruns and 101 RBIs. He represented the Mariners in the 2014 All-Star Game and was awarded a Gold Glove following that 2014 campaign.
His retirement announcement comes somewhat as a shock, coming off a career year and only being 34 years of age.
Unfortunately, in his 11 year career, he never played post-season baseball–something he and Felix Hernandez have in common.
His lack of social media usage makes it tough to decipher what the next chapter in his life will be, but I know we will see him in Seattle in some capacity again–at least for his Mariners Hall of Fame induction down the road.
He impacted the community of Seattle not just with game play, but with his off-time volunteering. He was selected as the 2021 Roberto Clemente nominee for the Mariners for his work with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He also served as a spokesperson for the Refuse To Abuse Campaign.
He was also a frequent visitor to Seattle Children’s Hospital, helped with Mariners Care, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the American Heart Association. His passion for the Seattle community will always be remembered, especially by those he directly impacted.