Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler has announced the end of his baseball career on Friday. Kinsler, who made four All-Star appearances during his career, called it quits after playing 14 years in the majors.
Kinsler, however, won’t walk away from baseball completely. Following his retirement, he joined San Diego Padres’ front office as an advisor to baseball operations.
The 37-year-old also spent the 2019 MLB with Padres, playing 87 games. He hit .217 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs.
“Ian had a long and distinguished career and will go down as one of the best second basemen of his generation,” – said Padres general manager A.J. Preller in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join our front office to share his passion for the game and experience as a World Series champion. His breadth of baseball knowledge will be extremely beneficial to our organization.”
Over the course of his MLB career, Ian Kinsler also played with Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, and Boston Red Sox. He received two Gold Glove awards, while also winning World Series in 2018 with Red Sox.
Kinsler’s career stats include .269 batting average, 257 homers, and 909 RBIs.