Veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson is saying goodbye to professional baseball. Granderson, who has three All-Star selections to his name, announced his retirement from MLB on Friday.
Granderson is ending his playing career after he played 16 years in league with seven teams including Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and New York Mets. The 38-year-old spent 2019 with Miami Marlins, making 138 appearances and hitting .182 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs.
Despite his retirement, Granderson won’t move away from baseball entirely. He intends to be involved in other roles, including helping young talents.
“As I close out this wonderful chapter in my life and step away from my days on the field, I know that my role in this game is only just getting started,” said Granderson in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my work helping to diversify the sport, paving the way for young kids to learn and grow.”
Curtis Granderson made his MLB debut with Tigers in 2004 and ended up spending six years with the organization before joining the Yankees. This period was also Granderson’s most productive, as he earned three All-Star appearances and won the Silver Slugger award in 2011 when he also led the AL in RBIs.
Granderson retires with .249 batting average, 344 homers, and 937 RBIs.